documentary | R | 2hr 38min
Opening at GFC: 01/31/2020
The five short films nominated for best documentary short for the 92nd Academy Awards.
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if You’re a Girl) | Carol Dysinger, UK, 39 min.
Over the course of 15 years, a class of young girls from disadvantaged neighborhoods in war-torn Kabul, learn to read and write, and grow together in confidence through the joy of skateboarding.
Life Overtakes Me | John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson, Sweden/USA, 39 min.
Hundreds of refugee children in Sweden who have fled with their families from extreme trauma in their home countries have become afflicted with Resignation Syndrome. Facing deportation, they withdraw from the world into a coma-like state, as if frozen, for months or even years.
In the Absence | Yi Seung-Jun, South Korea, 28 min.
When the MV Sewol ferry sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014, over three hundred people lost their lives, most of them schoolchildren. Years later, the victims’ families and survivors are still demanding justice from national authorities.
St. Louis Superman | Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan, USA, 28 min.
Bruce Franks Jr., a leading 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 bill critical to his community.
Walk Run Cha-Cha | Laura Nix, USA, 21 min.
Chipaul and Millie Cao reunited in 1980s Los Angeles after being separated by the Vietnam War. Forty years later, they become ballroom dancers to reconnect again and make up for lost time.
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