Oscar Shorts: Documentary Program B

2020, 80 minutes, R

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Distributor: ShortsTV & Magnolia Pictures


This exclusive release features the year’s most spectacular short films and for a limited time is available to watch on the big screen. Each nominee is released in one of three distinct feature-length compilations according to their category of nomination: Live Action, Animation or Documentary.

The films go into theaters around the world shortly after nominations are announced and are not released anywhere else until a few days before the Oscars®.

Please note, due to the tremendous length of the documentary shorts, it has been split into two programs. Information on Program A is here.


IN THE ABSENCE / USA, South Korea / 29 Mins / 2018

Director: Yi Seung-Jun

Synopsis: When the passenger ferry MV Sewol sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014, over three hundred people lost their lives, most of them schoolchildren. Years later, the victims’ families and survivors are still demanding justice from the national authorities.

ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN / USA / 28 mins / 2019

Directors: Smirti Mundhra and Sami Kahn

Synopsis: Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri house of Representatives, must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a bill critical for his community.

WALK RUN CHA-CHA / USA / 20 mins / 2019

Director: Laura Nix

Synopsis: Paul and Millie Cao fell in love as teenagers in Vietnam but were soon separated by the war. Years later they finally reunited in California. Now, after decades of working hard to build new lives, they are making up for lost time on the dance floor. Shot over a period of six years, WALK RUN CHA-CHA is an intimate, beautifully-crafted story about immigration, transformation and the power of love.