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The 2018 Oscar Nominated Short Documentaries
Cincinnati World Cinema at Memorial Hall

The only opportunity in the metro area to see all of the nominated short docs on the big screen at the same time and in the same place.
Program A, 6:30     Program B, 9:00
Program B, 4:00     Program A, 7:00

For 2018:  A diverse slate of life-affirming, inspirational short documentaries demonstrating the resiliency and triumph of the human spirit.

The films from which the Oscar nominees will be chosen.  Final lineup will be posted after the Academy announcement 01/23.
Six films by women, four by men; eight USA, two international.

Edith + Eddie  
Ms. Laura Checkoway, 2017, USA, 25 min.

In this heart-warming, award-winning short doc, we meet Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, who are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. A testimony to the power of love, this elderly couple is committed to being together, even as a family feud threatens to keep them apart.

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Mr. Frank Stiefel, 2016, USA, 40 min.

How art can save a life — a life-affirming portrait of Mindy Alper, a brilliant artist who has always battled depression and anxiety. Her self-awareness produced drawings and sculpture describing her state of mind with powerful psychological precision. Through her family history and her work we see how she emerged from a life of darkness and isolation to one that includes love, trust and laughter.

Knife Skills       Trailer
Mr. Thomas Lennon, 2017, USA, 40 min.

What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant and rebuild human lives? Cleveland's Edwins restaurant offers high-end French cuisine to patrons and the opportunity to learn culinary skills for a staff comprised almost entirely of formerly incarcerated men and women seeking a second chance — much like the restaurant's founder.

Ten Meter Tower (Hopptornet)       Trailer
Mssrs. Max Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson, 2017, Sweden, 16.33 min.

A funny and delightfully executed look at how we overcome our fears. A camera focuses on a high-dive platform in an indoor swimming pool, showing us all sorts of men, women and children attempting to make the leap for the very first time. Some do it, some don't – highlighting a dilemma – weighing the instinctive fear of stepping off against the humiliation of climbing down.

116 Cameras       Trailer
Ms. Davina Pardo, 2017, USA, 15.33 min.

What better way to learn from history than to sit down and converse with it? Filmmaker Davina Pardo follows an incredible subject – Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, who decided in 1986 to speak out about her experiences to allow others to learn from her past.
Now, Eva participates in an interactive hologram project, preserving her stories and image for conversations with future generations. Surrounded by a constellation of cameras, she demonstrates her aptitude for healing and rebirth.

Ram Dass, Going Home       Trailer
Mr. Derek Peck, 2017, USA, 32 min.

A timely examination of Dass' life learning and awareness, the film is a nuanced meditation on life, death, and the soul's journey home. Nearing end of life, he is still teaching. "More and more love, more and more love," Dass says at one point. "Truth, love, consciousness, that's what God is to me. It's just consciousness." Death, he later observes, "is another step towards home."

Traffic Stop  
Mss. Julie Zammarchi and Gina Kamentsky, 2015, USA, 3 min.

This Emmy-winning animated short doc employs a voice-over by Alex Landau. Landau, an African American man, was raised by his adoptive white parents to believe that skin color didn't matter. When he was pulled over by Denver police officers one night in 2009, he lost his belief in a color-blind world – and nearly lost his life. Alex tells his mother, Patsy Hathaway, what happened that night and how it affects him to this day.

Heroin(e)       Trailer
Ms. Elaine McMillion Sheldon, 2017, USA, 39 min.

Filmed in Huntington WV, the overdose capital of the USA, director Elaine Sheldon examines alternative approaches to the opioid problem destroying countless lives and costing $80 billion per year. The film focuses on three women on the epidemic's front lines in Huntington – a fire chief, a judge and a street missionary. Together, they make a powerful case for compassion and via delivery of the overdose antidote Naloxone to Huntington's fire houses.

Norway   Ghana Kayayo – The Living Shopping Baskets       Trailer
   Ms. Mari Bakke Riise, 2016, Norway/Ghana, 32 min.

In the capital of Ghana, thousands of young girls work as real life shopping baskets – called Kayayo, carrying very heavy loads on their heads, earning little and often winding up in prostitution to make ends meet. This documentary is about Bamunu, an 8-year old girl who hasn't seen her family since she was sent away from home two years ago to work as a Kayayo to support her family. We follow her incessant longing to get away from the harsh markets and abusive people, her journey back home and what awaits there.

Ms. Garrett Bradley, 2017, USA, 12.33 min.

What would it mean to marry someone behind bars? Filmmaker Garrett Bradley examines the impact of a husband's incarceration on the family left behind. As seen through the eyes of a single mother in New Orleans, the film explores the layers of mass incarceration and its shaping of the modern American family, while offering a critical way of talking about love and its universal importance for all people.


Two Programs: A and B, each day, each with three short documentaries.
Location: Beautiful, newly renovated Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St, Cincinnati 45202.  Map and Parking Info
Friday, February 16 – Program A, 6:30; Program B, 9:00
Saturday, February 17 – Program B, 4:00; Program A, 7:00
☀ Single general admission tickets, orchestra and balcony, for individual programs are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
☀ Combo general admission tickets, orchestra and balcony, for both programs A & B are $18 in advance and $22 at the door.
☀ Single reserved box tickets, orchestra and balcony, for individual programs are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
☀ Combo reserved box tickets, orchestra and balcony, for both programs A & B are $28 in advance and $32 at the door.
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Post-Film Discussion Leaders:   Bios will be posted soon.
Seating Comfort — Some patrons find the wooden seats to be somewhat unforgiving. You may bring a cushion with you.
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