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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. 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;
personal assistance is available by calling 859.957.3456 or writing to [email protected].
-Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts
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