2019 Oscars Spotlight: Documentary Shorts



Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Feb 17, 2019 8:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Mon, Feb 18, 2019 8:30 PM
Film Info
Runtime:143 min
Country Listing:Various
Pre-header:February 17 & 18
Cinema Extra
Pull Quote:This year's finalists for Best Documentary Short
Cast/Crew Info


Alongside our the 2019 finalists for Best Feature, discover this year’s extraordinary Oscar-nominated documentary short films on our big screen.

The 91st Academy Awards for Best Documentary (Short Subject):

Black Sheep 
D: Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn | UK | 27 min

Following the killing in 2000 of a 10-year-old boy of Nigerian descent, Cornelius Walker's Nigerian mother, fearing that her sons could also be targeted, moves her family from London to Essex.

End Game 
D: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman | USA | 40 min

At Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, teams of medical professionals, social workers and counselors work with patients and their families to ensure that their end-of-life care is compassionately tailored to their needs while also trying to alleviate their fears about death.

D: Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser | USA | 40 min

In 2016, the German nonprofit Sea-Watch aids refugees braving the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Europe. 

A Night at the Garden 
D: Marshall Curry | USA | 7 min

On February 20, 1939, more than 20,000 Americans gathered in Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism. Archival footage shows the speech given by Fritz Kuhn, the leader of the German American Bund, as he urges his supporters to mistrust the media and free America from the influence of Jews.

D: Rayka Zahtabchi and Melissa Berton | India | 26 min

In the rural village of Hapur, outside of Delhi, India, women hope to make feminine hygiene supplies easily available and end the stigma surrounding menstruation.

2019 Oscars Spotlight: This year’s Academy Award finalists for Best Documentary are a testament to what is so powerful and important about the art of cinema. Featuring inspiring heroes, groundbreaking filmmaking, and vital steps forward in representation, Hot Docs is proud to celebrate and share these outstanding achievements.