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2021 Oscar® Nominated Short Films: Live Action Shorts

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Each Oscar nominated short is released in one of three distinct feature-length compilations according to their category of nomination: Live Action, Animation or Documentary. It includes excellent work from around the world including South Korea, Palestine, Iceland, Norway, USA and Israel. 

The Present

Directed by Farah Nabulsi

2020, Palestine, 25 min, with English subtitles

On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy would it be to go shopping?


Feeling Through

Directed by Doug Roland

2019, USA, 19 min

A late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between a teen-in-need and a DeafBlind man.


The Letter Room

Directed by Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan

2020, USA, 33 min

When a corrections officer is transferred to the letter room, he soon finds himself enmeshed in a prisoner's deeply private life.


Two Distant Strangers


Directed by Travon Free & Martin Desmond Roe

2020, USA, 25 min

In Two Distant Strangers, cartoonist Carter James’ repeated attempts to get home to his dog are thwarted by a recurring deadly encounter that forces him to re-live the same awful day over and over again.


White Eye

Directed by Tomer Shushan & Shira Hochman

2019, Israel, 21 min, with English subtitles

A man finds his stolen bicycle, which now belongs to a stranger. While attempting to retrieve it, he struggles to remain human.

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