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State Dept. to send Oscar ‘shortlist’ films overseas

More than a dozen of the year’s best American documentary films will fan out across the globe starting next month, as part of the State Department’s third annual American Documentary Showcase. 

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced the lineup on Monday, and a number of the films that will be included are considered serious contenders for an Oscar award next month. 

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Among them is the critically acclaimed film “The Lottery,” about the public charter school admissions process, and “Poster Girl,” which tells the story of a female soldier’s transition back to civilian life. Both films are “shortlisted” for Oscars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, according to their websites. 

Overseas program participants will also be able to catch the political history thriller “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers,” and “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson,” a film about the basketball star’s youth.

One film that won’t be included in the State Department program, despite plenty of Oscar buzz? “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.”


Correction: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the organization responsible for the Oscars. Incorrect information appeared in an earlier version of this post.