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Oscar®-Nominated Film Showcase: Documentary Short Subject Nominees
  • Date: Sunday, February 28, 2016
  • Time: 11:00 am
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

Body Team 12
David Darg and Bryn Mooser
(13 minutes; unrated)
In Monrovia, Liberia, Garmai Sumo is the only female member of Body Team 12, one of the many teams collecting the bodies of those who died from Ebola during the height of the 2014 outbreak. Despite the perilous nature of her job and the distrust with which she is often met, Garmai remains dedicated to her work.

Chau, beyond the Lines
Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
(34 minutes; unrated)
Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for children born with birth defects due to Agent Orange, struggles with the difficulties of realizing his dream to become a professional artist and clothing designer. Despite being told that his ambitions are unrealistic, Chau is determined to live an independent, productive life.

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Adam Benzine
(40 minutes; unrated)
Thirty years after the release of the documentary SHOAH, filmmaker Claude Lanzmann discusses the personal and professional difficulties he encountered during the more than 12 years it took to create the work. Lanzmann also discusses his relationships with Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and his teenage years spent fighting in the French Resistance during World War II.

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
(40 minutes; unrated)
Every year, more than 1,000 girls and women are the victims of religiously motivated honor killings in Pakistan, especially in rural areas. Eighteen-year-old Saba, who fell in love and eloped, was targeted by her father and uncle but survived to tell her story.

Last Day of Freedom
Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
(32 minutes; unrated)
When Bill Babbitt realized that his brother Manny had committed a crime, he agonized over the decision to call the police, knowing that Manny could face the death penalty but hoping he would instead receive the help he needed. Manny, an African-American veteran who served two tours in Vietnam, suffered from PTSD and had found it difficult to obtain healthcare

Total Running Time:  159 minutes

The National Archives hosts the 12th annual free screenings of the Academy Award® nominees in four categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Live Action Short Film, and Animated Short Film.

The screenings are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with the National Archives.

Registration for the 2016 film showcase is now closed. While we cannot guarantee you a seat, we anticipate being able to accommodate a certain number of walk-ups. Reserved seats will be made available to those waiting 15 minutes before the program begins.

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All public programs at the National Archives are free. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 in advance.