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Oscar Shorts: Documentary

February 10, 2017 - February 26, 2017

Feb 10-26  Scroll down for other dates, times and locations

The documentary shorts will be shown consecutively in two programs. You can view these in one sitting or separately.


PROGRAM I (Running Time: 72 minutes)

Extremis – dir. Dan Krauss, USA, 24 minutes

4.1 Miles – dir. Daphne Matziaraki, USA, 22 minutes

Joe’s Violin – dir. Kahane Cooperman, USA, 24 minutes


PROGRAM II (Running Time 82 minutes)

Watani: My Homeland – dir. Marcel Mettelsiefen, 39 minutes

The White Helmets – dir. Orlando von Einsiedel, 41 minutes


Extremis: 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.  24 minutes

4.1 Miles: 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.  22 minutes

Joe’s Violin: “Every instrument has a story behind it.” 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.  24 minutes

Watani: My Homeland: 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. “I envy the dead,” one of the refugees says, “because they’ve finally found somewhere to settle down.” 39 minutes

The White Helmets: 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.  41 minutes

Please note: for those of you who are fans of documentaries, we are also screening one of the five nominees for Best Documentary Feature, Fire at Sea, on Sunday, Feb 19th at 8pm at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. This is not part of the Short Film Festival and is a separate ticketed event. You can read more about Fire at Sea here.



Fri Feb 24
Oscar Shorts Animation 6:30 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Oscar Shorts Live Action 8:15 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs

Oscar Shorts Documentary Program I 7:15 pm @ IU Woodburn Hall
Oscar Shorts Documentary Program II 8:40 @ IU Woodburn Hall

Sat, Feb 25
Oscar Shorts Animation  2:30 and 6:45 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Oscar Shorts Live Action 4:10 and 8:30 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Oscar Shorts Documentary Program I 3pm @ IU Fine Arts Downstairs
Oscar Shorts Documentary Program II 4:20 @ IU Fine Arts Downstairs

Oscar Shorts Documentary Program I 7:30 @ IU Woodburn
Oscar Shorts Documentary Program II 8:50 @ IU Woodburn


Sun, Feb 26

Oscar Shorts Animation  2pm @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs – Last Chance!
Oscar Shorts Live Action 3:45 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs – Last Chance!

Oscar Shorts Documentary Program I 5:30 @ Bear’s Place – Last Chance!
Oscar Shorts Documentary Program II 7pm @ Bear’s Place – Last Chance!

Banana Land 3pm at IU Fine Arts Downstairs


presented in part by the  LOTUS EDUCATION AND ARTS FOUNDATION  and by the  BLOOMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presenting “Scene Change: Music of Latin America” on March 4 at the BCT



February 10, 2017
February 26, 2017
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