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Oscar Shorts 2019: Documentary

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Oscar Shorts 2019: Documentary
Rated: R
UICA Members: $5, Public: $10

UICA is proud to present the 2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films presented by Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures. This exclusive release features the year’s most anticipated short films across Live Action, Animation, and Documentary categories. See the films that critics are raving about and predict the winners before the 91st Academy Awards ceremony happening Sunday, Feb 24, 2019 in Hollywood, CA.

Black Sheep
Synopsis: Everything changed for Cornelius Walker on 27 November 2000 when Damilola Taylor was killed. Damilola was 11, the same age as Cornelius. He lived five minutes away. He had the same skin colour. Cornelius’s mother, scared for her son’s safety, moved their family out of London. Cornelius suddenly found himself living on a white estate run by racists. But rather than fight them, Cornelius decided to become more like the people who hated him. They became his family and kept him safe. And in return, Cornelius became submerged in a culture of violence and hatred. But as the violence and racism against other black people continued, Cornelius struggled to marry his real identity with the one he had acquired.

Director: Ed Perkins
Runtime: 27 minutes
Origin: UK

End Game
Synopsis: Where will loved ones spend their last days? Who will be in the room? What feelings and secrets need to be shared with family before it is too late?

Director: Rob Epstein | Jefferey Friedman
Runtime: 40 minutes
Origin: USA

Synopsis: Volunteers from a German non-profit risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts pushing off from Libya in the middle of the night. Lifeboat puts a human face on one of the world’s greatest contemporary, global crises and provides a spark of hope surrounding how civil society can intervene in the refugee crisis in a meaningful way.

Director: Skye Fitzgerald
Runtime: 34 minutes
Origin: USA

A Night at the Garden
Synopsis: In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from American history. A Night at the Garden, made entirely from archival footage filmed that night, transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in the United States.

Director: Marshall Curry
Runtime: 7 minutes
Origin: USA

Period. End of Sentence
Synopsis: In a rural village outside Delhi, India, women lead a quiet revolution. They fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. For generations, these women didn’t have access to pads, which lead to health problems and girls missing school or dropping out entirely. But when a sanitary pad machine is installed in the village, the women learn to manufacture and market their own pads, empowering the women of their community. They name their brand “FLY,” because they want women “to soar.” Their flight is, in part, enabled by the work of high school girls half a world away, in California, who raised the initial money for the machine and began a non-profit called “The Pad Project.”

Director: Rayka Zehtabchi
Runtime: 26 minutes
Origin: USA

Total Runtime: 137 min

Learn more ⟶ https://www.uica.org/movies-index/oscar-shorts-documentary-2019

*Pre-sale tickets are not available for films screening more than one date. Movie tickets can be purchased at the Guest Services desk beginning at 12 noon on the date of each screening.

Movie times are subject to change. Please verify showtimes the day of your visit.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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