Documentary Short Program

  • Des Moines
  • Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Ave
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • 515.277.4405
  • Hours | Directions

  • John & Mary Pappajohn
  • Sculpture Park
  • 13th and Grand Ave
  • Downtown
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Hours | Directions

The Academy Award® Nominated Documentary Short Film Programs will be
screened in Levitt Auditorium. Space is limited and all programs are now at capacity.

Running for the Documentary program: 180 minutes

Thursday, February 6  AT CAPACITY—Any unclaimed seats my be taken at the start of the program.
Sunday, February 9 AT CAPACITY—Any unclaimed seats my be taken at the start of the program.

  • Cave Digger, 2013

    Jeffrey Karoff
    40 mins / not rated

    New Mexico environmental sculptor Ra Paulette carves elaborately designed and painstakingly executed sandstone caves, driven by an artistic vision that often brings him into conflict with his patrons.


  • Facing Fear, 2013

    Jason Cohen
    23 mins / not rated

    As a gay 13-year-old, Matthew Boger endured a savage beating at the hands of a group of neo-Nazis. Twenty-five years later, he meets one of them again by chance.


  • Karama Has No Walls, 2012

    Sara Ishaq
    26 mins / not rated

    When protesters in Yemen added their voices to those of other nations during the Arab Spring, the government responded with an attack that left 53 people dead and inspired widespread sympathy throughout the country.


  • The Lady in Number 6:
    Music Saved My Life, 2013

    Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
    39 mins / not rated

    At 109, Alice Herz Sommer is the world's oldest pianist…and its oldest Holocaust survivor. At the heart of her remarkable story of courage and endurance is her passion for music.


  • Prison Terminal:
    The Last Days of Private Jack Hall, 2013

    Edgar Barens
    40 mins / not rated

    In a maximum security prison, the terminally ill Jack Hall faces his final days with the assistance of hospice care provided by workers drawn from the prison population.



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