SUNDAY, MAY 9 / 10 AM – 4 PM

2019 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films – Documentary Program

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Register now to see the Academy Award® Nominated Documentary Films at the Des Moines Art Center! 


Running Time: 134 minutes

Friday, February 8 / 6:30 pm

Sunday, February 10 / 1:30 pm (repeat of 2/8 films)


  • A Night at the Garden

    a night at the garden

    Director Marshall Curry, USA
    7 minutes

    In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism—an event largely forgotten from history. 'A Night at the Garden' transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in America.

  • Black Sheep

    black sheep

    Director Ed Perkins, UK
    27 minutes

    After the high-profile killing of Damilola Taylor, Cornelius' family move out of London. But when they discover their new town is run by racists, Cornelius takes a drastic step to survive.

  • End Game

    end game

    Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, USA
    40 minutes

    Where will loved ones spend their last days? Who will be in the room? What feelings and secrets need to be shared with family before it is too late? ‘End Game’ probes these questions and more as it follows visionary medical practitioners who are working on the cutting edge of life and death.

  • Lifeboat


    Director Skye Fitzgerald, USA
    34 minutes

    Volunteers from a German non-profit risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts pushing off from Libya in the middle of the night.

  • Period. End of Sentence

    period. end of sentence

    Director Rayka Zehtabchi, India
    26 minutes

    In a rural village outside Delhi, India, women lead a quiet revolution. They fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. 'Period. End of Sentance' tells their story.

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