Oscar Nominated Shorts

Oscar Shorts: Documentary

February 02, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

An exclusive evening of this year's Oscar-nominated documentary short films—in one fabulous program.


Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl): This IDA doc prize winner tells the story of young Afghan girls learning to read, write—and skateboard—in Kabul. D: Carol Dysinger, UK, 39m

In the Absence: An incredible film about the ferry disaster in South Korea. D: Seung-jun Yi, USA/South Korea, 28m

St. Louis Superman: A portrait of Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives. Franks must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a critical bill for his community. D: Sami Khan, Smriti Mundhra, US, 28m

Walk Run Cha-Cha: Paul and Millie Cao reunited in California after the Vietnam War. Forty years later, they are rediscovering themselves on the dance floor. Read the story here: nyti.ms/2Q4i78c  D: Laura Nix, US, 21m

Life Overtakes Me: This brief, powerful documentary calmly explores the trauma that child asylum seekers face, a peculiar medical phenomenon that has only taken place in Sweden. D: Kristine Samuelson, John Haptas, Sweden/US, 39m

Rated R (adult themes of global political issues, women's rights, racial activism, refugee crisis)

“The short films … offer a vision of what the Academy Awards should and could be but very rarely are: eclectic, cosmopolitan, scrappy and surprising.”

A.O. Scott, New York Times

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