2024 Oscar Nominated Short Films - Documentary

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Starts Friday, February 16.

The Documentary Program runs a total of about 2 hour and 20 minutes and includes all 5 films nominated in the Documentary Short category.

Admsion is $7 for adults or $5 for seniors, students and children. There is no matinee price for this event.

Nai Nai and Wai Po – Sean Wang and Sam Davis, 17 min., USA (in Mandarin)
Nai Nai is my grandma. Wài Pó is also my grandma. Together, they are a grandma super team that dances, stretches, and farts their sorrows away.

The Barber of Little Rock – John Hoffman and Christine Turner, 35 min., USA (in English)
THE BARBER OF LITTLE ROCK explores America’s widening racial wealth gap through the story of Arlo Washington, a local barber whose visionary approach to a just economy can be found in the mission of People Trust, the nonprofit community bank he founded.

Island In Between – S. Leo Chiang and Jean Tsien, 20 min., Taiwan (in English/Mandarin)
From Taiwan’s frontline amid rising tensions with China, filmmaker S. Leo Chiang weaves lyrical glimpses of local life with his own struggle negotiating ambivalent bonds to Taiwan, China, and the USA. ISLAND IN BETWEEN explores the uneasy peace in Taiwan, and contemplates its uncertain future.

The ABC’s of Book Banning – Sheila Nevins and Trish Adlesic, 27 min., USA (in English)
Over 2000 books have been removed from school districts in the U.S. THE ABCS OF BOOK BANNING follows the human toll the future will pay for depriving children of their right to read and learn about a complex world. Interviews with children and authors shed light on this ongoing dangerous precedent.

The Last Repair Shop – Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers, 39 min., USA (in English)
Los Angeles is one of the last American cities to provide free and freely repaired musical instruments to its public schoolchildren. THE LAST REPAIR SHOP showcases the warehouse where devoted craftspeople keep over 80,000 instruments in good repair.

140 mins.