The MFAH is the only place in Houston to watch all the short films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards! See if your favorites win when the Oscars are presented on Sunday, February 9. Download a handy list of the films for reference.

PROGRAM Rated R
(includes a 15-minute intermission)

• Life Overtakes Me
Directed by John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson, Sweden/USA (39 minutes)
Two traumatized children of the refugee diaspora in Sweden are in such profound despair that they withdraw into a life-threatening, coma-like state called Resignation Syndrome.

• Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Directed by Carol Dysinger, UK (39 minutes)
Afghanistan offers limited athletic and recreational opportunities for women and girls. But a new generation of Afghan girls believe they can do anything, as they start to learn how to read, write—and even skateboard—in Kabul.

• In the Absence 
Directed by Yi Seung-Jun, South Korea (28 minutes)
Employing extensive archival material and in-depth research, this unflinching look at the Sewol ferry disaster tells the story of the ferry that capsized and sank in the Yellow Sea in 2014, killing more than 300 people, mostly high school students on a field trip.

• Walk Run Cha-Cha 
Directed by Laura Nix, USA (21 minutes)
Paul and Millie Cao fell in love as teenagers in Vietnam but were separated by the war. Six years later they reunited in California and now, after decades of working hard to build new lives, they are making up for lost time—on the dance floor.

• St. Louis Superman
Directed by Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan, USA (28 minutes)
In Missouri, activist and battle rapper Bruce Franks Jr. was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives and must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a bill critical for his community.

Read IndieWire's ranking of the short documentaries.

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Director
Various directors
Released
2019
Language
Various languages with English subtitles
Country
Various countries
Running Time
180 minutes
Format
Digital, Color
Website
https://shorts.tv/theoscarshorts/