Academy’s Contemporary Docs Series Tells War Stories

Beverly Hills, CA (May 19, 2010) — Oscar®┬ánominee “The Conscience of Nhem En” and “Standard Operating Procedure” will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 28th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free.

“The Conscience of Nhem En” explores the story of a young soldier responsible for taking the ID photos of thousands of innocent people before they were tortured and killed by the Khmer Rouge. Directed and produced by Steven Okazaki, the film earned an Academy Award®┬ánomination for Documentary Short Subject.

Directed by Errol Morris and produced by Morris and Julie Bilson Ahlberg, “Standard Operating Procedure” examines the war in Iraq by focusing on the tragic events at Abu Ghraib prison, a site made infamous in 2004 by photographs that shocked the world.

The 28th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series continues through June 9, showcasing feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2008 Academy Award® nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year.

All films will screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. All seating is unreserved. The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue). For additional information, visit or call (310) 247-3600.

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