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2017 OSCAR Shorts - Documentary

DOCUMENTARY Short Films program

·        Extremis: Extremis is a verité documentary exploring the harrowing decisions that doctors, families and patients face in urgent end-of-life cases. Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Dan Krauss gained exclusive access to the intensive care unit of a public hospital to take an intimate look at the intersection of science, faith and humanity. 24m / USA

·        4.1 Miles: In 2001, 20 Afghan refugees arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos. It was that year’s biggest news event, recalls Kyriakos, the coast guard captain. Back then, his job mostly entailed carrying out routine checks in the 4.1-mile-wide strait separating the island from the Turkish mainland. Those tranquil days are long gone. Kyriakos and his 10 colleagues are now called out hourly to save hundreds of people risking the crossing. Greek journalist Daphne Matziaraki joined the heroic captain for a single day: October 28, 2015. You can’t get any closer to this living nightmare. Matziaraki crawls with her camera among the drenched and drowning castaways searching for a safe haven on a flimsy boat. Some of them don’t make it. 22m / USA & Greece

·        Joe’s Violin: A donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold and 12-year-old Bronx school girl Brianna Perez, showing how the power of music can bring light in the darkest of times and how a small act can have a great impact. 24m / USA

·        Watani: My Homeland: My Homeland tells the story of the Syrian Civil War through one family’s experience and follows the lives of three young girls and their brother over three years. We initially witness the trials of Hala and Ali and their four children Helen, Farah, Sara and Mohammed as they coped with the day to day hardships of life on the frontline in the city of Aleppo. The film continues to chronicle the life of the family as they face the double threat of almost daily bombardment by the Syrian regime and the growing influence and menace of ISIS as Islamic State fighters pour into the chaos of northern Syria. After surviving the conflict for nearly three years, Hala and her four children make the fateful decision to join the millions of Syrian refugees who fled to neighbouring Turkey – abandoning their homeland and hoping for a better life in Europe. The journey is captured with intimacy and honesty and offers a true insight into the psychological and physical hardship of leaving your home for good. 39m / UK

·        The White Helmets: Brought to you by the team behind the Oscar®-nominated film Virunga, The White Helmets is set is Aleppo, Syria in early 2016 as the violence intensifies. It follows three volunteer rescue workers as they put everything on the line to save civilians affected by the war, all while wracked with worry about the safety of their own loved ones. 41m / USA

2h 34m + intermission / Not Rated (Intended for adult audiences)
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