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Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films!

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Oscar Nominees! Best Documentary Short

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM A. (87 mins.) Not Rated.

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


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Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness – dir. Sharmen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan, 40 minutes
Synopsis: Every year, more than 1,000 girls and women are the victims of religiously motivated honor killings in Pakistan, especially in rural areas. Eighteen-year-old Saba, who fell in love and eloped, was targeted by her father and uncle but survived to tell her story.

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

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM B. (76 mins.) Not Rated.

Chau, Beyond the Lines – dir. Courtney Marsh, USA/Vietnam, 34 minutes
Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for children born with birth defects due to Agent Orange, struggles with the difficulties of realizing his dream to become a professional artist and clothing designer. Despite being told that his ambitions are unrealistic, Chau is determined to live an independent, productive life.

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah – dir. Adam Benzine, USA, 40 minutes
Thirty years after the release of the documentary SHOAH, filmmaker Claude Lanzmann discusses the personal and professional difficulties he encountered during the more than 12 years it took to create the work. Lanzmann also discusses his relationships with Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and his teenage years spent fighting in the French Resistance during World War II.

Son of Saul
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Hungary. 2015. Directed by Laszlo Nemes. (107 mins.) Rated R. in Hungarian, Yiddish, German and Polish with English subtitles

Oscar Nominee! Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globe WINNER! Best Foreign Language Film

In this searing drama, a concentration camp inmate tasked with burning the dead discovers the body of his young son, and must choose between participating in the clandestine uprising being planned among the prisoners, or securing a proper Jewish burial for his child.

The Lady In The Van
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UK. 2015. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. (104 mins.) Rated PG-13.

Golden Globe Nominee! Best Actress - Maggie Smith

This film tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) and the singular Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who 'temporarily' parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.

Mustang
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Turkey/France/Qatar/Gemany. 2015. Directed by Deniz Gamze Erguven. (97 mins.) Rated PG-13. in Turkish with English subtitles

Oscar Nominee! Best Foreign Language Film

Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls' family. The family overreacts, removing all "instruments of corruption," like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's debut, a powerful portrait of female empowerment.

I Saw The Light
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United States. 2015. Directed by Marc Abraham. (123 mins.) Not Yet Rated.

This is the story of legendary country western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music.

 

 

About Ray
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United States. 2015. Directed by Gaby Dellal. (87 mins.) Not Yet Rated.

Family living under one roof in New York must deal with a life-changing transformation by one that ultimately affects them all. Ray is a teenager who has come to the realization that she isn't meant to be a girl and has decided to transition from female to male. His single mother, Maggie, must track down Ray's biological father to get his legal consent to allow Ray's transition. Dolly, Ray's lesbian grandmother, is having a hard time accepting that she now has a grandson. They must each confront their own identities and learn to embrace change and their strength as a family in order to ultimately find acceptance and understanding.

 


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