Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts
Fri & Sat February 19 & 20
2016, 7:30 only;
Sun February 21
2016, 2:00 only
The DOCUMENTARY shorts program runs three hours long, with each short normally clocking in roughly 30 mins. We'll be providing an intermission at every show, and customers are welcome to come back on a different day if they'd like to split the experience in half.
Body Team 12 – dir. David Darg, Liberia, 13 minutes
Synopsis: 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
A 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
Chau, Beyond the Lines – dir.
Courtney Marsh, USA/Vietnam, 34 minutes
Synopsis: 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
Synopsis: 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.
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM A (Running time: 87 minutes)
- Body Team 12 – dir. David Darg, Liberia, 13 minutes
- A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness – dir. Sharmen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan, 40 minutes
- Last Day of Freedom – dirs. Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman, USA, 32 minutes
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM B (Running time: 76 minutes)
- Chau, Beyond the Lines – dir. Courtney Marsh, USA/Vietnam, 34 minutes
- Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah – dir. Adam Benzine, USA, 40 minutes
To see a trailer and read a review, visit InternationalFilmSeries.com.