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July 16, 2007



What is up with Docuweek's choices for short docs this year? Two of them should be considered ineligible under the new rules set by the academy!

Maybe debatably, Sari's Mother should be disqualified based upon Rule 12.4d, which states that documentaries cannot be created from materials "substantially taken" from existing publicly exhibited feature documentaries. This may be problematic for this short since it is composed of outtakes from HBO's Iraq in Fragments.

Worse, the 14 minute long Salim Baba has a YouTube trailer, which is 4 minutes and 36 seconds at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CXRVTTqJO4. This is a very clear breach of rule 2.3, which only allows a trailer less than 10% the length of the whole piece.

What is up? Were these films selected to fill the programming slots or make solid runs for the Oscar? It is dissappointing, since there is no lack of good short docs this year who should have gotten this honor.


The Salim Baba trailer was removed which keep the film from being disqualified (the Academy never found it), but the Internet apparently gives up its dead...


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