Oscar-nominated documentary shorts (2024)

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ORPHEUM · SAUGERTIES

Sunday, March 3 1:45p

STARR · RHINEBECK

Saturday, March 2 11:15a

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The best documentary shorts from around the globe. Guaranteed to be some of the most inventive, eye-opening work you’ll see this year.

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS (Running Time: 140 min.)

Island In Between – S. Leo Chiang and Jean Tsien, 20 min., Taiwan (in English/Mandarin) Amidst an uneasy peace in Taiwan, we see lyrical glimpses of local life and the director’s own struggle negotiating ambivalent bonds to Taiwan, China, and the US. 

Nǎi Nai and Wài Pó– Sean Wang and Sam Davis, 17 min., USA (in Mandarin) From the director of this year’s Sundance breakout hit, DIDI. Nǎi Nai and Wài Pó are a grandma super team that dances, stretches, and banishes sorrows away. 

The ABC’s of Book Banning – Sheila Nevins and Trish Adlesic, 27 min., USA (in English) Over 2000 books have been removed from school districts in the U.S., depriving children of their right to read and learn about a complex world.

The Last Repair Shop – Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers, 39 min., USA (in English)  Four unassuming heroes who ensure no student is deprived of the joy of music, a reminder of how music can be a medicine, stress reliever and even an escape from poverty.

The Barber of Little Rock – John Hoffman and Christine Turner, 35 min., USA (in English) Arlo Washington is a local barber whose visionary approach to a just economy can be found in the mission of People Trust, the nonprofit community bank he founded.