OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS – DOCUMENTARY

OPENS FRIDAY, FEB. 10

The Rafael again participates in the national release of short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards. Audiences will have the opportunity to see the nominated Live Action, Documentary and Animated shorts prior to the 89th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 26. Each category will be screened in a separate program, each requiring separate admission.

Documentary program length: 160 min

CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1

The timely documentary CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1 spotlights the traumas endured by America’s veterans, as seen through the work of the hotline’s trained responders, who provide immediate intervention and support in hopes of saving the lives of service members. Directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent. USA. 39 min. English.

JOANNA

With great visual poetry, ‘Joanna’ portrays the simple and meaningful moments in the life of her family. Diagnosed with an untreatable illness, Joanna promises her son that she will do her best to live for as long as possible. It is a story of close relationships, tenderness, love and thoughtfulness. Directed by Aneta Kopacz. Poland. 40 min. Polish.

OUR CURSE

The film is a personal statement of the director and his wife, who have to deal with a very rare and incurable disease of their newborn child – the Ondine’s Curse (also known as CCHS, congenital central hypoventilation syndrome). People affected with this disease stop breathing during sleep and require lifetime mechanical ventilation on a ventilator. Directed by Tomasz Sliwinski. Poland. 27 min. Polish.

THE REAPER

Efrain, known as the Reaper, has worked at a slaughterhouse for 25 years. We will discover his deep relationship with death and his struggle to live. Directed by Gabriel Serra Argüello. Mexico. 29 min. Spanish.

WHITE EARTH

Thousands of souls flock to America’s Northern Plains seeking work in the oil fields. “White Earth” is the tale of an oil boom seen through unexpected eyes. Three children and an immigrant mother brave a cruel winter and explore themes of innocence, home and the American Dream. Directed by J. Christian Jensen. USA. 20 min. English and Spanish.