The documentary shorts nominated for the Academy Awards this year wrestle with hardship and mortality. Linked by their shared interest in struggles to survive, the docs are being screened as part of 2012 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (Documentary). These nonfiction shorts shine a light on universal issues of suffering, solace and the strength it takes to overcome adversity. The first-person account of a 15-year-old homeless girl, Inocente is a powerhouse. While working on art for an exhibit that might lead to a better future, she grapples with a mother who years earlier tried to kill her. It's an affecting and endearing portrait of a girl whose voice deserves to be heard. Also on the program are Open Heart, about Rwandan children making an epic trip to seek heart surgery in the Sudan, and Mondays at Racine, the story of cancer-stricken women searching for companionship and catharsis at a local beauty shop. Kings Point, which chronicles the lives of retired Florida senior citizens coping with old age and loss, and Redemption, a look at New York City ''canners'' (scavengers who collect cans and bottles to redeem for money), complete the lineup.
Sat., Feb. 9, 1 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 10, 1 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 16, 1 p.m., 2013