Documentary Short

A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. Such films were originally shot on film stock—the only medium available—but now include video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video, made into a TV show or released for screening in cinemas. “Documentary” has been described as a “filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception” that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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A Love Story – The Poet & The Musician

Michael Dale | United States | 8:20 Two former lovers reflect on their past love through their art. Viewing Instructions

Leaving Syria: Long Live the Youth

Yara Atz | Switzerland | 2017 | 33:33 French, Arabic with English Subtitles After a few years of war in their country, a group of young Syrian friends decide to leave the Middle East and hit the road together to come to Europe. Through every step, their music and their friendship help them hold on. Viewing …Read more »

Water Women

Laura P. Valtorta | United States | 2014 | 30:00 Laura, Nancy, and Leslie discover that the water in their upscale neighborhoods is bad. They set out to fight the private water company — not an easy proposition even when you have resources and free legal services. Should private companies ever be allowed to control …Read more »

The Voice of The Kora

Claudine Pommier | Canada | 2016 | 45:00 English, French with English Subtitles The kora is a harp-lute originating in West Africa. Traditionally it is played by the “Griots”, who have been for centuries, from father to son, storytellers, diplomats, advisers, keepers of memories, poets. The Griot talks and sings while playing a very elaborate …Read more »

Sisterly

Nina Vallado | United States | 2017 | 28:00 Nina and Lisa are two sisters destined to be the best of friends, but with a diagnosis autism at the age of 2, Lisa’s voice disappears. Without communication, Nina and Lisa set out to find connection and sisterhood. Cast Lisa Vallado Nina Vallado Karen Vallado Leila …Read more »

Bud’s Odyssey

Mark Kirkland | United States | 2017 | 26:07 Facebook | Twitter On a mission over the Mediterranean, B-17 Pilot Bud and his crew are shot down. Bud becomes the sole survivor by swimming 32 hrs to the Italian shore, and then spends 20 months in Stalag Luft III. After years of suffering with sole …Read more »

Beyond Sight

Louise Lamarre | Canada | 2015 | 48:00 Beyond Sight takes interest in the Inuit’s way of life and landscapes, both visible and imaginary, in reaction to the opening of the North West Passage. The film wants to transmit the spirit of the place while giving a voice to Inuit denizens and Great North specialists. …Read more »

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Ghostbike

Judith Finneren | United States | 2013 | 20:00 Facebook Love and forgiveness are the telling messages in this real-life story of Judith Finneren, a woman whose life changes drastically in the split second of someone else’s distracted driving. Cast Judith Finneren Deputy Harry Joseph Dr. Joanne Cacciatore Producer Karin Rownd Kwiatkowski Viewing Instructions

Sak Yant: Thai Magical Tattoo

Gennaro Ambrosino | United Kingdom | 2017 | 7:16 Sak Yant: Thai Magical Tattoo is a short documentary film on a particular spiritual practice and art form widely spread in Thailand. Sak Yant tattoos, based on ancient Indic Yantras, although considered a Buddhist practice, are an expression of the hybridization of popular religions in contemporary …Read more »

The Workshop

United States | 2017 | 6:30 A short immersive documentary that takes you inside the Chicago School of Violin Making. Watch students perfect the art of crafting violins, violas, and cellos. Shot over the course of several months, and over 70% foley work. Viewing Instructions