This year's list of Oscar nominees was stacked with amazing contestants, from feature films to short documentaries. For those of you who have a need for knowledge, preferably packaged in a short and sweet format, the category for you to watch during the Oscars was the Documentary Short Subject nominees. In case you weren't paying attention, there were some great documentaries going head-to-head, so the competition was tough. However, now that the winner's been decided, you're probably wondering how to watch Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness and impress your friends with your Oscar-worthy knowledge.
This year's short documentary films, ranging from 13 to 40 minutes, are harder to get your hands on than most of the films in other categories. This year's winner, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness is an HBO documentary directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. It was released in October 2015, but it'll definitely be streaming on HBO after the Oscars and will have a second run in small theaters. This documentary follows Saba, an 18-year-old Pakistani girl who fell in love and eloped, but was later attacked by her father and uncle. She survived, but her story highlights the stories of over a thousand women and girls a year who are victims of religious honor killings in Pakistan.
To find theaters showing the film, head to Shorts TV, which can direct you to small theaters that will be playing Oscar-nominated documentary shorts.
While the other Oscar-nominated short documentaries may not have won the coveted prize, they're still definitely worth the watch. Here's where you can catch each one:
Chau, Beyond the Lines
You can watch Chau, Beyond the Lines, on Netflix. (Cue fist pumps from those of us who depend on Netflix for any and all video entertainment). Directed by Courtney Marsh, this short documentary offers a peek at Chau, a teenager living in a care center in Vietnam for children born with birth defects caused by Agent Orange. Chau wants to be a professional artist and clothing designer, but has to fight against feedback that his dreams are unrealistic.
Last Day of Freedom
Last Day of Freedom is also a Netflix-able film. Directed by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman, this documentary documents the struggle Bill Babbit faced when his brother Manny committed a crime. Should Babbit call the police, even though Manny could face a death sentence? Or could the police help Manny, a PTSD sufferer who completed two tours in Vietnam, finally get the healthcare and help he needed?
Body Team 12
Body Team 12 is, unfortunately, not streaming online yet, and like we all used to do in the '90s, you'll have to wait to catch it in theaters (the outrage, right?). As an HBO documentary, it will also be shown on the channel, but there's no word yet on dates. Directed by David Darg, this film follows Garmai Sumo, the only female on Body Team 12, which collects the bodies of Ebola victims through the 2014 outbreak.
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, directed by Adam Benzine, is another film you'll have to watch in theaters or catch it on HBO later this year (HBO had three short documentaries nominated for Oscars this year — way to be, HBO). This one is sort of documentary inception, as it revolves around a filmmaker who discusses the struggles he dealt with while filming the Holocaust documentary Shoah thirty years ago. The original documentary was no easy task — Lanzmann took 12 years to create it, which Benzine harnessed into a documentary of his own.
Just as you can find theaters showing Girl in the River, you can find theaters playing the other nominated documentaries on Shorts TV. Time it right, and you might even be able to catch all of the short documentaries that were nominated at the Oscars!