Oscar Documentaries: A Look Behind The Scenes

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Director and producer David France chronicles the efforts of HIV/AIDS activists in the '80s and '90s in his documentary How to Survive a Plague. Above, AIDS activist Peter Staley is arrested in a scene from the film. William Lucas Walker hide caption

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Harrowing Stories Of 'How To Survive A Plague'

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Beyond The Battlefield, Soldiers Fight An 'Invisible War'

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The Story Of A West Bank Village Told With '5 Broken Cameras'

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How A Detroit Flop Became South Africa's Superstar

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The interviews that form the core of The Gatekeepers began with a connection to Ami Ayalon, who was the head of Shin Bet from 1996 to 2000. Avner Shahaf/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Filmmaker Holds Up A Mirror In Interviews With Israel's 'Gatekeepers'

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Director Wim Wenders spent a year working with 3-D experts in preparation for filming Pina. Donata Wenders hide caption

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For Choreographer 'Pina,' A Dance Tribute In 3-D

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Filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin spent nine months in North Memphis, Tenn., with the Manassas Tigers. The Weinstein Co. hide caption

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Underdog Football Team Shines In 'Undefeated'

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Members of the Earth Liberation Front were charged with arson in the 2001 Superior Lumber Co. fire in Glendale, Ore. Roy Milburn hide caption

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'If A Tree Falls': The Earth Liberation Front's Rise

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Hell and Back Again focuses on Sgt. Nathan Harris' life on the battlefield in Afghanistan and at home in North Carolina. Courtesy Danfung Dennis hide caption

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One Marine's Journey To 'Hell And Back Again'

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Jason Baldwin was sentenced to life in prison when he was 16 years old. He was released in August 2011. Courtesy HBO hide caption

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Freedom Not 'Paradise' For 'West Memphis Three'

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Sparks Fly Over 'Gasland' Drilling Documentary

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Francisco, seen here with his mother, Maria, is one of the students Davis Guggenheim follows in Waiting for Superman. Paramount Vantage hide caption

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Why 'Waiting For Superman' Didn't Get An Oscar Nod

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Banksy's 'Exit' Reveals Street Art Secrets ... Sort Of

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Recyclers Turn Rio 'Waste Land' Into High Art

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Filmmaker Charles Ferguson places the blame for the 2008 financial crisis on the American financial industry. Representational Pictures/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Filmmaker Sees 'Inside Job' In Wall Street Crash

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'Restrepo': A Soldier's-Eye View From Afghanistan

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Central character Josh, a young documentarian, and his friends, primarily filmed with cameras concealed in bags. Click the photo to watch the trailer for Burma VJ. Oscilloscope Laboratories hide caption

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'Burma VJ': Documenting The Saffron Revolution

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Kevin, 13, and Fito, 14, are both from Honduras. They hope to find work in the U.S. Click the image to watch the trailer for Which Way Home. Rebecca Cammisa hide caption

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Kids Hop Trains To Border In 'Which Way Home'

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Dolphins Clandestinely Killed In 'The Cove'

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Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin is an organic farmer and an agribusiness critic featured in Food, Inc. Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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'Food, Inc.' Director Robert Kenner

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'Dangerous Man' Daniel Ellsberg Reflects

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