Film: Oscar Nominated Shorts 2019: DOCUMENTARY

Friday, February 15, 2019 to Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is annual chance to predict the winners… and have the edge in your Oscar pool (the Academy Awards ceremony takes place Sunday, Feb. 24th)  A perennial hit with audiences around the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of delightful, thoughtful and otherwise wonderful shorts!

DOCUMENTARY (137 minutes)
Rated R for violence, language and adult themes.  All films in English except as noted.

Black Sheep (UK, 27 minutes)
Everything changed for Cornelius Walker on November 27, 2000 when Damilola Taylor was killed. Damilola was 11, the same age as Cornelius. He lived five minutes away. He had the same skin color. Cornelius’s mother, scared for her son’s safety, moved their family out of London. Cornelius suddenly found himself living on a white estate run by racists. But rather than fight them, Cornelius decided to become more like the people who hated him. They became his family and kept him safe. And in return, Cornelius became submerged in a culture of violence and hatred. But as the violence and racism against other black people continued, Cornelius struggled to marry his real identity with the one he had acquired.

End Game (USA, 40 minutes, English and Persian w/English subtitles)
Where will loved ones spend their last days? Who will be in the room? What feelings and secrets need to be shared with family before it is too late? Acclaimed Academy Award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Times of Harvey Milk; The Celluloid Closet) probe these questions and more in the context of two San Francisco Bay Area medical facilities on the forefront of creating new paradigms for end of life decisions with grace.

A Night at the Garden (USA, 7 minutes)
In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from American history.  A Night In The Garden, made entirely from archival footage filmed that night, transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in the United States.

Lifeboat (USA, 40 minutes)
Volunteers from a German non-profit risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts pushing off from Libya in the middle of the night. Lifeboat puts a human face on one of the world’s greatest contemporary, global crises and provides a spark of hope surrounding how civil society can intervene in the refugee crisis in a meaningful way.

Period. End of Sentence. (India, 26 minutes, Hindi w/English subtitles)
In a rural village outside Delhi, women lead a quiet revolution. They fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. For generations, these women didn’t have access to pads, which lead to health problems and girls missing school or dropping out entirely. But when a sanitary pad machine is installed in the village, the women learn to manufacture and market their own pads, empowering the women of their community. They name their brand “FLY,” because they want women “to soar.” Their flight is, in part, enabled by the work of high school girls half a world away, in California, who raised the initial money for the machine and began a non-profit called “The Pad Project.”

Friday, February 15 at 12pm
Monday, February 18 at 7:30pm<
Wednesday February 20 at 7:30pm

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