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No Oscar for Delray Beach documentary 'Kings Point'

Youth was served in the short-documentary category at the Academy Awards Sunday night, with the Oscar going to “Inocente,” a beautiful portrait of a homeless 15-year-old undocumented immigrant trying to find her way as an artist on the streets of San Diego.

The short-documentary category also included “Kings Point,” a 30-minute profile of the lives and longings of five widowed residents of the Delray Beach retirement complex of the same name. The filmmaker, Sari Gilman (pictured), dedicated “Kings Point” to her grandmother, Ida, who lived at Kings Point from 1979 to 2009.

Other nominated short documentaries included “Mondays at Racine,” a portrait of breast-cancer survivors; “Open Heart,” which follows the dangerous journey of eight Rwandan children who need heart surgery in Sudan; and “Redemption,” a profile of poor but proud New York trash-pickers.

In a recent interview, Gilman said the nomination alone would help her goal of putting “Kings Point” and the issue of aging in America in front of a wider audience. The film is scheduled for broadcast on HBO March 11.  

“This story is bigger than this small section of Jewish New Yorkers who migrated south,” Gilman said. “I don’t have a target audience. I think that everybody should see it, everybody who is interested in the human condition.”

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