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'Two Hands,' an Oscar Nominee with Heart

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'Two Hands,' an Oscar Nominee with Heart

'Two Hands,' an Oscar Nominee with Heart

'Two Hands,' an Oscar Nominee with Heart

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Pianist Leon Fleisher is the subject of the Oscar-nominated short documentary Two Hands. Fred Dufour/Getty Images hide caption

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Pianist Leon Fleisher is the subject of the Oscar-nominated short documentary Two Hands.

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'Two Hands,' an Oscar Nominee with Heart

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Leon Fleisher, a celebrated pianist, was forced from the concert stage when he lost the use of his right hand.

His 30-year saga to resume his career is the subject of an Oscar-nominated short documentary by filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn, Two Hands.

Kahn was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for the documentary My Architect, about searching for a father he never really knew.

In Two Hands, the camera captures subtle, emotional moments as the pianist tries everything from hypnosis to tiger balm to heal himself. Through a series of interviews and concert pieces, Fleisher's injured hand becomes a central character.

Kahn tells Liane Hansen about the movie and the challenges of documentary filmmaking.

Oscar Shorts Are Tall on Talent

Oscar Shorts Are Tall on Talent

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Some Oscar nominees don't get much attention on the red carpet. But the nominees for Best Short Documentary are a diverse, international group with subjects ranging from a Chinese orphan with AIDS to families who make their living scavenging through the Guatemala City garbage dump.

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