2021 Oscar-Nominated Shorts

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
7:00 pm
Virtual Screening
Q&A after the film
136 minutes

The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival is pleased to virtually present the Oscar-Nominated Documentary Short Films between April 2nd through April 25th. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! Join us for a live Q&A with Peter Keough, the Boston Globe film contributor, and Erin Trahan, WBUR's ARTery film writer, on April 21st at 7:00pm EDT. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, April 25th.


A Love Song for Latasha – Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan (USA, 18 min.) - A dreamlike portrait of a vibrant 15-year-old girl whose shooting death sparked the 1992 L.A. Riots. Trailer

Do Not Split – Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook (USA/Norway, 36 min.) - The story of the 2019 Hong Kong protests, told through a series of demonstrations by local protesters, which escalate into conflict when highly armed police appear on the scene. Trailer

Hunger Ward – Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman (USA, 40 min.) - Filmed from inside two of the most active therapeutic feeding centers in Yemen, this film documents two female health care workers fighting to thwart the spread of starvation against the backdrop of a forgotten war. Trailer

Colette Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard (France/Germany/USA, 24 min.) - Resistance took courage in Nazi-occupied France. 75 years later, facing one's ghosts may take even more. Trailer

A Concerto Is a Conversation – Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers (USA, 13 min.) - A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer tracks his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Trailer

Note: Some content may not be suitable for young audiences.

For more Oscar-Nominated Shorts, see Live Action and Animated Shorts presented by our partners at The Screening Room: Live Action/Animated Shorts