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2017 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films – Documentary Program

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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Running Time: 153 minutes

Sunday, February 12 / 1:30 pm

Thursday, February 16 / 6:30 pm (repeat of 2/12 films)


  • Joe's Violin


    Director Kahane Cooperman, USA
    24 minutes

    During a drive to donate musical instruments to public schools, 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold offers his beloved violin, which he has played for more than 70 years. The instrument goes to the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls, where young musician Brianna Perez is inspired to become friends with her benefactor.

  • Extremis


    Director Dan Krauss, USA
    24 minutes

    At the Intensive Care Unit at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, palliative care specialist Dr. Jessica Zitter treats terminally ill patients. As she and her team provide the best possible care, they try to help the patients and their loved ones make critical, often heartbreaking decisions.

  • 4.1 Miles

    4.1 MILES

    Director Daphne Matziaraki, USA
    22 minutes

    Kyriakos Papadopoulos, a captain in the Greek Coast Guard, is caught in the struggle of refugees fleeing the Middle East and traveling the short distance from the coast of Turkey to the island of Lesbos. Despite having limited resources, the captain and his crew attempt to save lives during the immense humanitarian crisis.

  • Watani: My Homeland

    Watani: My Homeland

    Director Marcel Mettelsiefen, UK
    39 minutes

    Four young children live with their mother and father, a Free Syrian Commander, in a warzone in Aleppo, Syria. After their father is captured by ISIS, the children flee with their mother to Goslar, Germany, in a years-long journey that will test them all as they try to find a safe home in a foreign country.

  • The White Helmets


    Director Orlando von Einsiedel, USA
    41 minutes

    In the chaos of war-torn Syria, unarmed and neutral civilian volunteers known as "the white helmets" comb through the rubble after bombings to rescue survivors. Although they have already saved more than 60,000 lives since 2013, these brave first responders continue to place themselves in danger every day.

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