Published February 19, 2013
Documentaries are the least popular film genre. They don’t showcase special effects or superstars. The protagonists are usually ordinary people dealing with extraordinary circumstances. The films don’t play in big suburban theaters, nor can they compete at the box office. But through political and social exposes they can change hearts and minds the world over. VOA’s Penelope Poulou reports on the five Oscar nominees for Best Documentary and the Motion Picture Academy’s criteria for the winner.