Join us for this special showcase of the 2017 Oscars Best Documentary (Short Subject) nominees. A diverse selection of eye-opening short films from around the world, which will be competing for this year’s award.
Please note, there will be a short intermission half way through the programme.
4.1 MILES - Daphne Matziaraki | USA | 2016 | 21’
Kyriakos Papadopoulos, a captain in the Greek Coast Guard, is caught in the struggle of refugees fleeing the Middle East and travelling 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.
EXTREMIS - Dan Krauss | USA | 2016 | 24’
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.
WATANI: MY HOMELAND - Marcel Mettelsiefen & Stephen Ellis | UK | 2016 | 40’
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.
JOE’S VIOLIN - Kahane Cooperman & Raphaela Neihausen | USA | 2016 | 24’
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.
THE WHITE HELMETS - Orlando von Einsiedel & Joanna Natasegara | UK | 2016 | 40’
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.