The Oscar-nominated Documentary Short Subjects are a rough bunch this year, with their subjects focusing on difficult topics and circumstances that would make many flinch. From child illness to adulthood cancer, rural poverty, veteran suicide and the inner workings of a slaughterhouse, this year’s documentary shorts all share the element of being incredibly emotional watches.
Get a glimpse of all five nominees in the trailer below, followed by individual videos that highlight four of the films’ directors who provide a bit more insight. All of the nominated shorts are now available on VOD.
Documentary Short Subject Trailer
“Joanna,” Dir. Aneta Kopacz
“White Earth,” Dir. J. Christian Jensen
“Our Curse,” Dir. Tomasz Śliwiński
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,” Dirs. Dana Perry, Ellen Goosenberg Kent