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Roxie Theater: Oscar Nominated Short Films 2020: Documentary
February 17 @ 5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
One event on February 16, 2020 at 12:30 pm
One event on February 17, 2020 at 5:15 pm
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see all five Academy Award nominees in the category of Best Documentary Short! Program includes: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”(UK/USA/Afghanistan), the story of young Afghan girls learning to read, write—and skateboard—in Kabul; “Life Overtakes Me” (USA), the story of traumatized children of the refugee diaspora who are in such profound despair that they withdraw into a coma-like state; “In the Absence” (USA/South Korea), about families and survivors who are still seeking justice after a passenger ferry sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014, taking the lives of hundreds of schoolchildren; “St. Louis Superman” (USA), a profile of Bruce Franks Jr., an activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives, but must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a bill critical for his community; and “Walk Run Cha-Cha” (USA), about a couple who fell in love as teenagers in Vietnam but were soon separated by the war. Years later they finally reunited in California, where they are working hard to build new lives, making up for lost time on the dance floor.
*Note: 15 Minute intermission in-between the show*
Directed by Carol Dysinger, John Haptas, Kristine Samuelson, Yi Seung-Jun, Smriti Mundhra, Sami Khan, Laura Nix. Not Rated. 160 mins.