Academy Award Winners & Nominees

JOE'S VIOLIN
JOE'S VIOLIN

Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Music  New York City  Performing Arts  Jewish Studies  2017  Education  Directed by Women 

2017 ACADEMY AWARD® Nominee for Documentary Short Subject In Joe’s Violin, a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor and 12-year-old Bronx school girl, showing how the power of music to bring light in the darkest of times and how a small act can have a profound impact.

JOANNA
JOANNA

Eastern Europe  Family Relations  Health  Death & Dying  Women's Studies  2015  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Short Films  Medicine  Directed by Women 

2015 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject, Joanna is a tender and heartbreaking portrait of a young wife and mother facing terminal cancer who, wishing to leave something behind for her eight-year-old son, begins writing an online journal that resonates with and becomes embraced by millions of devoted readers.

PRISON TERMINAL: the last days of private jack hall
PRISON TERMINAL: the last days of private jack hall

Short Films  2014  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Death & Dying  Criminal & Law  American Studies  Aging / Gerontology  African-American Studies 

2014 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject, Prison Terminal is an extraordinary chronicle of death and dignity behind bars, an incredibly moving story of a terminally ill prisoner's final days and the hospice volunteers (prisoners themselves) who care for him. Issues surrounding America's aging prison population and the profound impact hospice programs can have on the lives of the incarcerated are explored in this remarkable film.

KARAMA HAS NO WALLS
KARAMA HAS NO WALLS

Middle Eastern Studies  Political Science  World History  Media Studies  Peace & Conflict  Short Films  2014  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  The Arab Spring  Directed by Women 

2014 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject, Karama Has No Walls is a gripping, eye-witness account of a tragic day that changed the course of the revolution in Yemen; when pro-government snipers opened fired on a peaceful gathering of protesters, sparking national outrage and ultimately leading to the end of 33 years of autocratic rule.

INOCENTE
INOCENTE

2013  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Chicano Studies  Short Films  Women's Studies  Education  Directed by Women  Immigration 

2013 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Subject! The moving and inspiring story of a remarkable 15-year-old girl, homeless and undocumented, but fiercely pursuing her dream of becoming an artist. An essential documentary that confronts issues of teen homelessness, immigration and the importance of arts education in this country.

THE WARRIORS OF QIUGANG
THE WARRIORS OF QIUGANG

Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Environmental Studies  Asian Studies  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  2011  Criminal & Law  Directed by Women 

A powerful documentary that captures the stirrings of an environmental movement in China, The Warriors of Qiugang brings to light the incredible efforts of a small village to shut down a chemical plant after years of environmental neglect. It is the third film in a trilogy about the changing face of China, from the filmmakers of The Blood of Yingzhou District and Tongzhi in Love.

THE BETRAYAL
THE BETRAYAL

Cultural Studies  2009  New York City  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Urban Studies  Political Science  Cinema Studies  Asian-American Studies  Asian Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women  Immigration 

2009 Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary Feature. Filmed over the course of 23 years, The Betrayal examines the collateral impact of America's secret war in Laos during Vietnam by chronicling one family's extraordinary journey from war-torn Laos to the streets of New York.

LA CORONA
LA CORONA

Criminal & Law  LGBTQ  Women's Studies  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  Human Sexuality  2009  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Directed by Women 

2008 Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject, La Corona (The Crown) explores the lives of female contestants in an unusual beauty pageant at a high security prison in Bogotá, Colombia. The film addresses issues of female identity, sexuality, crime and equality.

TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE
TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE

Cultural Studies  2009  Terrorism Studies  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Political Science  Peace & Conflict  Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies  Criminal & Law  American Studies 

The educational version of the 2008 Academy Award® winner for Best Documentary Feature, Taxi to the Dark Side is the definitive investigation into the introduction of torture as an interrogation technique in U.S. facilities and the role played by key figures of the Bush Administration in the process.

THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT
THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT

Political Science  Health  Children & Young Adult  Asian Studies  Anthropology  AIDS  2007  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Directed by Women 

2007 Academy Award® winner for Best Documentary Short Subject, The Blood of Yingzhou District is a groundbreaking documentary film which exposes the hidden AIDS epidemic in China, a country not commonly associated with the disease.

SARI’S MOTHER
SARI’S MOTHER

Women's Studies  Political Science  Middle Eastern Studies  Health  AIDS  2007  Academy Award Winners & Nominees 

From the director of the Academy Award® nominated Iraq in Fragments, this short powerful documentary follows an Iraqi mother struggling under U.S. occupation to care for her 10-year-old son, who is dying of AIDS.

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART
STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART

Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  LGBTQ  Family Relations  Directed by Women 

An emotionally moving account of the issues parents face in coming to terms with having a lesbian or gay child, offering a powerful presentation of parents' struggles with society's traditional homophobia and the misinformation and fear about the so-called "Gay Agenda" cultivated by the Radical Right.