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    Academy Award Nominated Documentary Shorts Showing at the DIA

    Posted by Bruce Thompson II on Fri, Feb 6, 2015


    With the rise in popularity of Netflix and Hulu, documentaries are also becoming more popular among viewers. More and more are becoming available as time goes on, and there are even ones being made for the sole purpose of being exclusive to one of the services. These are usually feature length documentaries, but what about the short documentary films that are just as good? They usually are overshadowed by the feature length ones, but not at the DIA! On Thursday, February 12th at 7:00pm, the DIA will be showing five short documentaries (apprx. 160 min. run time) to give them all their well-deserved spotlight. Come on out and catch them before the Academy Awards pick a winner on February 22nd! 


    Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (USA/ directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry) 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. In English. (39 min.)


    Joanna (Poland—2013/directed by Aneta Kopacz) 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. In Polish. (40 min.)


    Our Curse (Poland—2013/directed by Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki) 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. In Polish. (27 min.)


    The Reaper (La Parka) (Mexico—2013/directed by Gabriel Serra Arguello) 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. In Spanish. (39 min.)


    White Earth (USA—2014/directed by J. Christian Jensen) 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. In English and Spanish. (20 min.)


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    Topics: Digital Media, Shorts, Academy Award, Documentary, Detroit Institute of Arts

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