Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Documentary

Wednesday, March 06, 2024


Proctors Collaborative is proud to work with ShortsTV and Magnolia Pictures in presenting the Oscar-nominated short films. This year’s nominees are:

“The ABCs of Book Banning” directed by Trish Adlesic, Nazenet Habtezghi & Sheila Nevins, 27 min, USA | Watch Trailer
Over 2000 books have been removed from school districts in the U.S. THE ABCS OF BOOK BANNING follows the human toll the future will pay for depriving children of their right to read and learn about a complex world. Interviews with children and authors shed light on this ongoing dangerous precedent.

“The Barber of Little Rock” directed by John Hoffman & Christine Turner, 35 min, USA | Shortverse Page
The Barber of Little Rock explores America’s widening racial wealth gap through the story of Arlo Washington, a local barber whose visionary approach to a just economy can be found in the mission of People Trust, the nonprofit community bank he founded.

“Island in Between” directed by S. Leo Chiang, 20 min, Taiwan (in English/Mandarin) | Shortverse Page
S. Leo Chiang reflects on his relationship with Taiwan, the United States and China from the islands of Kinmen, just a few miles from mainland China.

“The Last Repair Shop” directed by Kris Bowers & Ben Proudfoot, 39 min, USA | Watch Now
Tells the story of four unassuming heroes who ensure no student is deprived of the joy of music. It is also a reminder of how music can be the best medicine, stress reliever and even an escape from poverty.

Nǎi Nai is my grandma. Wài Pó is also my grandma. Together, they are a grandma super team that dances, stretches, and farts their sorrows away.

A perennial hit with audiences around the world, don’t miss out on your opportunity to see all of these exceptional shorts prior to the Academy’s official award ceremony on March 10, 2024.

This program is rated PG/PG-13. Topics include aging, friendship, economic inequality, Taiwanese independence, and book bans. Probably the most uplifting of the three programs this year! The combined running time is 141 minutes. All films are in English unless otherwise noted.

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