2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary

All together, the 15 shorts...demonstrate a level of quality and technical ingenuity comparable to that of the Oscar-nominated feature-length films.


The 2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary

Body Team 12 – dir. David Darg, Liberia, 13 minutes

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness – dir. Sharmen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan, 40 minutes

Last Day of Freedom – dirs. Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman, USA, 32 minutes

Chau, Beyond the Lines – dir. Courtney Marsh, USA/Vietnam, 34 minutes

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah – dir. Adam Benzine, USA, 40 minutes

BODY TEAM 12 is tasked with collecting the victims at the height of the Ebola outbreak. These body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world. Yet despite the strain they emerge as heroes while the film explores their philosophy and strength. The story is told on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia through the eyes of the only female member of the team, who reveals the heartbreaking, lifesaving work of removing bodies from loved ones in order to halt transmission of the disease.

CHAU, BEYOND THE LINES: Chau, a teenager growing up in a Vietnamese care center for children disabled by Agent Orange, battles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional artist.

CLAUDE LANZMANN explores the life and work of the French director of

A GIRL IN THE RIVER is about honor killings in Pakistan and one rare survivor who falls in love and lives to tell the tale.

LAST DAY OF FREEDOM: When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime he agonizes over his decision; should he call the police? Last Day of Freedom is a richly animated personal narrative that tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother, a veteran returning from war, as he faces criminal charges, racism, and ultimately the death penalty. This film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day; veterans’ care, mental health access and criminal justice.
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