Oscar Shorts: Documentary Program A&B
2020, 80 minutes, R
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®.
**Both programs will be shown together on Saturday and Sunday (160 minutes) as a double feature.
ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY NOMINEES
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.
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.