Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 9.

Estimated runtime: 160 min. Not Rated but would be R.

Life Overtakes Me: In the grip of trauma, hundreds of refugee children in Sweden withdraw from life’s uncertainties into a coma-like illness called Resignation Syndrome.  (Dir. John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson, 2019, Sweden/USA, in English, 39 mins.)

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if You’re a Girl): Young Afghan girls learn to read, write and skateboard in Kabul. (Dir. by Carol Dysinger, 2019, UK, in Dari with English subtitles 39 mins.)

In the Absence: Documents the sinking of a South Korean Ferry.  As a result of the ineptitude of the first response to the emerging situation, hundreds of people, mostly children, lost their lives. (Dir. by Yi Seung-Jun, 2018, South Korea, in Korean with English subtitles, 28 mins.)

Walk Run Cha-Cha: Paul and Millie Cao lost their youth to the aftermath of the Vietnam War.  Forty years later, they have become successful professionals in Southern California – and are rediscovering themselves on the dance floor. (Dir. by Laura Nix, 2019, USA, 21 mins.)

St. Louis Superman: Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives, must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a critical bill for his community. (Dir. by Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan, 2019, USA, 28 mins.)