March 20, 2022
2022 Documentary Oscar Shorts
To Be Determined
Audible – Matt Ogens and Geoff McLean, USA, 39 min. Football player Amaree McKenstry-Hall and his Maryland School for the Deaf teammates attempt to defend their winning streak while coming to terms with the tragic loss of a close friend.
When We Were Bullies – Jay Rosenblatt, USA/Germany, 36 min. A mind-boggling coincidence leads the filmmaker to track down his fifth grade class and fifth grade teacher to examine their memory of and complicity in a bullying incident 50 years ago.
Three Songs for Benazir – Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei, Afghanistan, 22 min. Newly married and living in a displacement camp in Kabul, Shaista struggles to balance his dreams of being the first from his tribe to join the Afghan National Army with the responsibilities of starting a family. Sheds light on the experience of modern-day Afghans who live, love, and seek space for themselves amid constant instability.
Lead Me Home – Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk, USA, 39 min. 500,000 Americans experience homelessness every night. This immersive, cinematic film tells the real-life stories of those going through it as a first step toward challenging uninformed attitudes and outmoded policies and gives the audience a rare, in-depth look at the scale, scope and diversity of unsheltered America today.
The Queen of Basketball – Ben Proudfoot, USA, 22 min. She is one of the greatest living women’s basketball players. 3 national trophies. Scored the first basket in women’s Olympic basketball at the ‘76 Olympics. Drafted to the NBA. But have you ever heard of Lusia Harris?