As awards season gears up, the documentary race has kicked off with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences naming the eight films shortlisted for the Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar.
Three to five of the shortlisted titles will be nominated for the award, and those nominees will be announced on January 15, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. EST/PST. The 2015 Oscars will take place on February 22.
Below, realscreen rounds up trailers for seven of the documentaries:
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (Perry Films)
An examination of the traumas endured by U.S. war veterans, as seen through the work of trained responders at New York’s Veterans Crisis Line, which provides intervention and support services, and fields over 22,000 calls every month.
Joanna (Wajda Studio)
After she is diagnosed with an untreatable illness, Joanna promises her son that she will try to live for as long as she can.
Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace (Show of Force)
New York–based artist Kehinde Wiley is known for portraits of men, which started with a focus on African Americans and grew to include men from China, Dakar, Lagos, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka and Israel. Now, the artist turns his lens on African American women in his new body of work, An Economy of Grace.
One Child (New York University)
The stories of three families that lost their only children in the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake – reportedly the deadliest natural disaster in China’s recent history – and have to face the consequences of the country’s one-child policy.
Our Curse (Warsaw Film School)
The film’s director and his wife deal with their newborn’s rare and incurable disease, the Ondine’s Curse (also known as Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome or CCHS), which causes the afflicted to stop breathing during sleep and necessitates a lifetime of mechanical ventilation.
The Reaper (La Parka) (Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica)
The story of Efrain, also known as the Reaper, who has worked at a slaughterhouse for 25 years, and reflects on his relationship with death.
White Earth (Weary Traveler)
An examination of those moving to America’s Northern Plains to find work in the oil fields, with a focus on three children and an immigrant mother who experience a difficult winter.
The Lion’s Mouth Opens (Tree Tree Tree) – no trailer yet
A courageous young woman takes the boldest step imaginable to confront her risk of having inherited the fatal, incurable Huntington’s Disease.