Israeli-directed 'Camp Confidential: America's Secret Nazis' Makes Academy Awards Shortlist

The short Netflix animated documentary by Israeli filmmakers Daniel Sivan and Mor Loushy’s tells the story of a secret U.S. facility for Nazi prisoners during World War II

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An illustration from 'Camp Confidential: America's Secret Nazis.'
An illustration from 'Camp Confidential: America's Secret Nazis.'Credit: NETFLIX
Itay Stern
Itay Stern

"Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis," a short animated documentary by Israeli filmmakers revealing the story of a secret World War II detention facility, has made it into the Academy Awards shortlist for Best Documentary Short Subject.

The Netflix film, directed by Daniel Sivan and Mor Loushy, was announced on Wednesday along with 14 other entries as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its shortlists for several categories.

Nominations for all categories for the 94th Oscars will be announced on February 8.

"Camp Confidential" tells the story of a top secret prisoner of war camp in Virginia, code-named PO Box 1142, through the eyes of the young Jewish GIs who served there. The Jewish soldiers were asked to guard the facility and, ultimately, befriend Nazis and welcome them to America.

"It's a great honor to be on this respected list, [alongside] some really wonderful movies," Sivan and Loushy told Haaretz.

Other entries in the same category include "A Broken House," which tells the story of U.S.-based Syrian artist and artist Mohamad Hafez, and Netflix's "Three Songs for Benazir" about internally displaced persons in Afghanistan.

Sivan and Loushy have directed multiple critically acclaimed documentary films. Among their works you can find "Censored Voices," "The Oslo Diaries," "Kings of Capitol Hill," and more.

“Let It Be Morning,” an Israeli film directed by Eran Kolirin, which won Israel's equivalent of the Academy Awards last month, did not make it into the short list of Best International Feature Film category.

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