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Want to See This Year's Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts? Get to The Carnegie

There may be a distinct lack of diversity in this year’s Academy Awards feature film nominations – but there’s plenty of diversity in the short documentary category, which look at a wide range of subjects from filmmakers in China, Mexico, Poland, and the U.S. 
 
Cincinnati World Cinema’s popular annual screening of Academy Award-nominated Oscar short documentaries will have its only local showings Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at The Carnegie. The five Academy Award-nominated films plus two Oscar short-list docs will be shown in two programs.
 
The line-up is listed below. The Oscar nominees are signified with an (*). More information, trailers and clips can be found here.
 
PROGRAM A: 4 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb 1 (run time: approx. 123 minutes) 
 
*La Parka (The Reaper), Mexico. For the past 25 years, Efrain has worked in a slaughterhouse, where he has developed an intimate relationship with both death and what one must sometimes do to live.
 
 
*Our Curse, Poland. A mother and father face the difficulties of caring for a baby who has been born with a life-threatening congenital breathing disorder known as Ondine's curse.
 
*White Earth, USA. Three children and an immigrant mother face a long and difficult winter in North Dakota, which has attracted many people seeking work during an oil boom.
 
Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, USA. The film documents New York-based visual artist Kehinde Wiley’s process from concept to canvas as he creates a series of classical portraits of African-American women.  Originally broadcast on PBS. More information here.
 
PROGRAM B: 7 p.m. Jan. 31 and 1 p.m. Feb. 1. (run time: approx.. 120 minutes)
 
*Crisis Hotline, Veterans Press 1, USA. Each month, the Veterans Crisis Line receives over 22,000 calls from military veterans, who account for 20% of all suicides in the U.S. each year.
 
 
One Child, China. The 2008 Sichuan earthquake killed 90,000 people, including thousands of children. Because of China’s one-child policy, losing one child means losing their only child. The film follows the journey of three families as they struggle to move past their loss. 
 
http://zijianmu.com/ Winner of the 41st Student Academy Award (2014).
 
*Joanna, Poland. As she faces a terminal illness, the mother of a young son writes a blog in which she tries to leave a record of what she hopes to teach him. 
 
Oscar Short Documentaries, Cincinnati World Cinema, The Carnegie, 1027 Scott Blvd., Covington. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door (if available). Combo ticket $16 in advance, $20 at the door (if available).  CWC: 859-957-3456, The Carnegie Box Office: 859-9571940 and online here.
 
Detailed film descriptions, ticket information, maps, directions and parking info can be found on the CWC Oscar Short Docs event webpage at www.cincyworldcinema.org;
personal assistance is available by calling 859.957.3456 or writing to [email protected].
 
-Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts
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