Oscar Shorts: Documentary Program A

2020, 80 minutes, R

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Distributor: ShortsTV & Magnolia Pictures

ABOUT THE OSCAR® NOMINATED SHORT FILMS

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 B is here.

ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY NOMINEES in Program A

LIFE OVERTAKES ME / USA / 37 mins / 2019

Directors: John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson

Synopsis: LIFE OVERTAKES ME tells the story of traumatized children of the refugee diaspora who are in such profound despair that they withdraw into a coma-like state. In Sweden, over 400 refugee children have been afflicted with this life-threatening psychosomatic illness, and the film will accompany two of them and their families on their frightening odyssey through Resignation Syndrome.

LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) / UK, USA, Afghanistan  / 40 mins / 2018

Full Title: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Director: Carol Dysinger

Synopsis: In Afghanistan, many young girls are not able to participate in sports. Cultural and religious norms, along with other factors such as safety concerns and years of warfare, have resulted in limited athletic and recreational opportunities for women and girls, especially those who come from impoverished neighborhoods. But there is a new generation of Afghan girls who believe they can do anything. LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) tells the story of young Afghan girls learning to read, write – and skateboard – in Kabul.


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