BEST LIVE ACTION SHORTS

Personally, “Nefta Football Club” was my favorite short of the Oscars, just because it went places that I didn’t expect it to go and it was very humorous for what it was. The front-runner is “The Neighbors’ Window,” which I found to be a little too creepy for my liking. I get what it was going for, but people watching each other through windows, especially when kids are involved, is not as innocent as they were trying to make it. “Brotherhood” and “Saria” were both very well made shorts, but “Nefta” and “Window” just happen to be a little more accessible.

BROTHERHOod

Meryam Joobeur | Maria Gracia Turgeon

Mohamed is deeply shaken and suspicious when his estranged eldest son Malek returns home to rural Tunisia with a mysterious young wife in tow. The emotional complexities of a family reunion and past wounds lead to tragic consequences.

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Meryam Joobeur

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Maria Gracia Turgeon

2018 (91st)Best Live Action Short“Fauve”NOMINEE

COUNTRY: Tunisia
LENGTH: 25 min
VIEWED ON: February 4, 2020

NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB

Yves Piat | Damien Megherbi

In south Tunisia, two football fan brothers bump into a headphones-wearing donkey in the desert on the border of Algeria. Unaware that two men are waiting for the donkey and its hidden drug stash, the brothers take the animal back home with them.

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Yves Piat | Damien Megherbi

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COUNTRY: Tunisia
LENGTH: 17 min
VIEWED ON: February 4, 2020

THE NEIGHBORS’ WINDOW

Marshall Curry

The life of a middle-aged woman with small children is shaken up when two free-spirited twenty-somethings move in across the street.

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Marshall Curry

2005 (78th)Best Documentary Feature“Street Fight”NOMINEE
2011 (84th)Best Documentary Feature“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”NOMINEE
2018 (91st)Best Documentary Short“A Night At The Garden”NOMINEE

COUNTRY: USA
LENGTH: 21 min
VIEWED ON: February 4, 2020

saria

Bryan Buckley | Matt Lefebvre

Inseparable orphaned sisters Saria and Ximena are fighting against daily abuse and unimaginable hardship at the Virgen de La Asuncion Safe Home in Guatemala when a tragic fire claims the lives of 41 orphaned girls.

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Bryan Buckley

2012 (85th)Best Live Action Short“Asad”NOMINEE

Matt Lefebvre

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COUNTRY: USA
LENGTH: 22 min
VIEWED ON: February 5, 2020

a sister

Delphine Girard

An emergency services dispatcher must tap into all her professional skills when she receives a call from a woman in a desperate situation.

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Delphine Girard

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COUNTRY: Belgium
LENGTH: 17 min
VIEWED ON: February 8, 2020

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