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Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts 2017
Oscar® Nominated Documentary Shorts 2017
West Mall 7 Theatres – Doors Open 3:00pm – Film Begins 3:30pm
Academy allows doc shorts to be up to 40 minutes in length.
Rated: These films are unrated, but content is rigorous and not suitable for children.
PLEASE only exit between films. All five documentary shorts for $15.
This is your chance to see the five documentary shorts nominated for an Academy Award®. While for some the big category Oscar winners become predictable, this category is filled with unpredictable emotion and heartfelt stories from voices and visions around the world. Join us for the Academy Award Nominees for DOCUMENTARY SHORTS – 2017.
Our region’s most dedicated and passionate film lovers wouldn’t dream of missing the documentary shorts program. Spend an afternoon being moved by true stories celebrating the human spirit, exposing complex issues, and offering perspective on the lives of others. This is a longer program and we invite guests to stay for as much of the event as they are able, and ask that if you must leave, you exit only between films. We will have a brief 5-minute intermission between these programs. Films are UNRATED. Some include subtitles. Not recommended for those under 14 years.
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM A (Running time: 72 minutes)
Joe’s Violin – dir. Kahane Cooperman, USA, 24 minutes
Synopsis: During a drive to donate musical instruments to public schools, 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold offers his beloved violin, which he has played for more than 70 years. The instrument goes to the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls, where young musician Brianna Perez is inspired to become friends with her benefactor.
Extremis – dir. Dan Krauss, USA, 24 minutes
Synopsis: At the Intensive Care Unit at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, palliative care specialist Dr. Jessica Zitter treats terminally ill patients. As she and her team provide the best possible care, they try to help the patients and their loved ones make critical, often heartbreaking decisions.
4.1 Miles – dir. Daphne Matziaraki, USA, 22 minutes
Synopsis: Kyriakos Papadopoulos, a captain in the Greek Coast Guard, is caught in the struggle of refugees fleeing the Middle East and traveling the short distance from the coast of Turkey to the island of Lesbos. Despite having limited resources, the captain and his crew attempt to save lives during the immense humanitarian crisis.
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM B (Running time: 81 minutes)
Watani: My Homeland – dir. Marcel Mettelsiefen, 39 minutes
Synopsis: Four young children live with their mother and father, a Free Syrian Commander, in a warzone in Aleppo, Syria. After their father is captured by ISIS, the children flee with their mother to Goslar, Germany, in a years-long journey that will test them all as they try to find a safe home in a foreign country.
The White Helmets – dir. Orlando von Einsiedel, 41 minutes
Synopsis: In the chaos of war-torn Syria, unarmed and neutral civilian volunteers known as “the white helmets” comb through the rubble after bombings to rescue survivors. Although they have already saved more than 60,000 lives since 2013, these brave first responders continue to place themselves in danger every day.
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