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2024 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary

The 2024 Oscar Nominated Shorts – Documentary, Opens Friday, February 16, 2024. Individual trailers can be viewed here.

“These showcases (as with any short film program) treat movie-lovers to an unpredictable batch of films from all over the world, with a variety of themes, tones, and textures.” – RogerEbert.com 

Island in Between – Taiwan, USA, directed by S. Leo Chiang (20 mins) (In English/Mandarin)

From Taiwan’s frontline amid rising tensions with China, filmmaker S. Leo Chiang weaves lyrical glimpses of local life with his own struggle negotiating ambivalent bonds to Taiwan, China, and the US. Island in Between explores the uneasy peace in Taiwan, and contemplates its uncertain future.

Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó – USA, directed by Sean Wang (16 mins) (In Mandarin)

Nǎi Nai is my grandma. Wài Pó is also my grandma. Together, they are a grandma super team that dances, stretches, and farts their sorrows away.

The ABCs of Book Banning – USA, directed by Sheila Nevins (27 mins) (In English)

Over 2000 books have been removed from school districts in the US. The ABCs of Book Banning follows the human toll the future will pay for depriving children of their right to read and learn about a complex world. Interviews with children and authors shed light on this ongoing dangerous precedent.

The Last Repair Shop – USA, directed by Kris Bowers, Ben Proudfoot (39 mins) (In English)

This documentary tells the story of four unassuming heroes who ensure no student is deprived the joy of music. It is also a reminder of how music can be the best medicine, stress reliever, and even an escape from poverty.

The Barber of Little Rock – USA, directed by John Hoffman (35 mins) (In English)

The Barber of Little Rock explores America’s widening racial wealth gap through the story of Arlo Washington, a local barber whose visionary approach to a just economy can be found in the mission of People Trust, a nonprofit community bank he founded.