Eight out of 31 eligible films remain in contention for Best Documentary Short at the 85th annual Academy Awards. Voters from the documentary branch will select three to five of these shorts on Jan. 10 to contend at the ceremony. Half of these filmmakers have been nominated before; the other half would be first time contenders if they make the cut.
Here are the eight remaining selections in the field:
"Education of Mohammad Hussein" - A film about the largest Muslim community in America, how they respond to an anti-Islamic preacher, and how their children grow up a decade after 9/11. From Loki Films and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. They were nominated at the Oscars for Best Documentary Feature in 2006 for "Jesus Camp."
"Inocente" - A homeless, struggling young immigrant tries to become a better artist under staggering odds. From Shine Global and directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix. They were nominated at the Oscars for Best Documentary Feature in 2007 for "War/Dance."
"Kings Point" - The American Dream seen through the humor and humanity of senior citizens living in a retirement community. From Kings Point Documentary and directed by Sari Gilman. She has no previous Oscar nominations.
"Mondays At Racine" - Two hair salon owners open their doors to women with cancer, resulting in a blend of boisterous talk and personal reflection. From Cynthia Wade Productions and directed by Cynthia Wade. She won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short in 2007 for "Freeheld."
"Open Heart" - A group of Rwandan children set out on a long journey away from their families to seek heart treatments that can save their lives. From Urban Landscapes and directed by Kief Davidson. He has no previous Oscar nominations.
"ParaÍso" - The story of three immigrants working as window washers. From The Strangebird Company and directed by Nadav Kurtz. He has no previous Oscar nominations.
"The Perfect Fit" - A film looking at men who make ballet shoes and the women who dance in them. From SDI Productions and directed by Tali Yankelevich. He has no previous Oscar nominations.
"Redemption" - A look at people in New York who survive by collecting and returning glass bottles and soda cans. From Downtown Docs and directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill. They were nominated at the Oscars for Best Documentary Short in 2009 for "China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province."