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2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Documentary

This excellent selection of 5 documentary short films, all from the United States, represent various social issues impacting our society. Traffic Stop uses a combination of police video cams and personal narrative to describes what happens when a Black woman is stopped for speeding. Edith + Eddie examines how family members disrupt the lives of two people who chose to marry at 95 and 96 years of age. Heroin(e) features the work of three women – a deputy fire chief, a district court judge, and a Christian mission worker – who are on the front lines of the opiate addiction crisis. Knife Skills showcases Edwin, a French cuisine fine-dining restaurant in Cleveland that trains ex-felons in the restaurant business. My favorite, Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, tells the story of Mindy Alper, an artist who has combatted a variety of mental health issues her entire life and how she uses her art to communicate what goes on inside her to the outer world. I cannot wait to see her exhibition in person when I am in Southern California next time – what she does is incredible.

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