Here are the trailers for the Academy Award Nominations for Best Documentary Feature
Trouble the Water:
As the drama of Hurricane Katrina unfolded, New Orleans resident Kimberly Roberts recorded the chaos and devastation of her own experience on videotape. Her footage forms the heart of this portrait of Roberts’s long journey with her husband, from the early days of the storm to their subsequent evacuation, resettlement in Memphis, and eventual return to the decimated city.
In the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, a fourteen-acre expanse of city-owned land in a South Central neighborhood was developed by local residents into one of the country’s largest community gardens. In 2003, the tract was sold back to its original owner, whose plans to develop it prompted area residents to organize in an attempt to stop efforts to oust them from the land.
Man on Wire:
In 1974, French tightrope walker Philippe Petit hid with several friends after hours in the World Trade Center, strung a high wire between its Twin Towers…and walked between them for the better part of an hour, to the amazement of New Yorkers on the streets below. How Petit planned and executed his stunt is detailed in extensive interviews with the daredevil himself and those who helped him achieve his dream.
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon):
The life of Laotian immigrant Thavisouk Phrasavath serves as a metaphor for the far-reaching repercussions that are still felt from America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. When his family suffered persecution following the U.S. withdrawal from Southeast Asia as a result of his father’s work for the CIA, Phrasavath’s mother fled with eight of her ten children to a life of poverty in Brooklyn.
Encounters at the End of the World:
In the extreme conditions that define existence in Antarctica, filmmaker Werner Herzog explores the range of personalities who have been drawn to spend their working lives in one of the world’s harshest environments. From research scientists to blue collar workers, Herzog’s subjects demonstrate a self-reliance and intrepid sense of adventure that both equip them for their frigid surroundings and place them outside the mainstream of society.