There is extraordinary diversity in this year’s Best Documentary Feature contest. Members of the documentary branch culled 15 semi-finalists from 124 entries. One of these contenders, “Semper Fi,” would not have qualified under proposed new rules as it wasn’t reviewed by either the New York or Los Angeles Times.
A major frontrunner is “We Were Here,” which profiles AIDS survivors who lived in San Francisco in the 1980s. “Undefeated,” about a high school football team who overcome hardship to have the best season in their school’s history, is especially moving. And “Paradise Lost 3,” about the West Memphis 3 who were falsely imprisoned for almost twenty years, is rather undeniable.
“Bill Cunningham New York” is about a prolific street photographer who shoots fashion in Manhattan. Dance documentary “Pina,” which is also Germany’s entry in the foreign-language race, also has its supporters.