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“The Cave”, “Knock Down The House” shortlisted for Academy Awards

Feras Fayyad’s The Cave, Rachel Lears’ Knock Down The House and Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ For Sama are among the documentary features shortlisted for the 92nd annual Oscars. The 15 films advancing in ...
December 17, 2019

Feras Fayyad’s The Cave, Rachel Lears’ Knock Down The House and Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ For Sama are among the documentary features shortlisted for the 92nd annual Oscars.

The 15 films advancing in the Documentary Feature category, revealed Monday (Dec. 16), were selected from the 159 titles put forward for consideration in November.

Fayyad’s The Cave (pictured), which has secured awards at the Toronto International Film Festival and Camden International Film Festival, profiles Amani Ballor and her team of doctors as they treat patients in an underground hospital during the Syrian Civil War. Knock Down The House, Lears’ Sundance-winning documentary, follows four women — including congresswoman Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez — who challenge powerful incumbents in congress. For Sama, which has taken top prizes at the IDA Documentary Awards, British Independent Film Awards and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, tells the story of al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria.

Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi‘s climbing documentary Free Solo took home the best documentary feature prize at last year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Of the 96 qualified films in the Documentary Short Subject Category, 10 will advance to the 2020 Academy Awards.

Nominations voting begins on Jan. 2 and concludes on Jan. 7. The nominees will be announced Jan. 13.

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Feb. 9 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles.

The films shortlisted for the Academy Awards’ Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject categories are listed below. Visit the Academy’s website to see shortlists in all categories announced Dec. 16.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Advocate
American Factory
The Apollo
Apollo 11
Aquarela
The Biggest Little Farm
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
The Great Hack
Honeyland
Knock Down the House
Maiden
Midnight Family
One Child Nation

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

After Maria
Fire in Paradise
Ghosts of Sugar Land
In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Life Overtakes Me
The Nightcrawlers
St. Louis Superman
Stay Close
Walk Run Cha-Cha

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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