2024 Oscar Documentary Shorts

140 mins.
Directed by various
2024

Suggested audience recommendation: Rated PG/PG-13. Topics include aging, friendship, economic inequality, Taiwanese independence, and book bans.


A perennial favorite at Amherst Cinema, come experience the complete roster of short films nominated at the 96th Academy Awards.

In addition to these Documentary Shorts, be sure to catch the Animated Shorts (click here) and Live Action Shorts (click here).


ISLAND IN BETWEEN
dir. S. Leo Chiang and Jean Tsie | Taiwan | 20 min | Mandarin w/subs
S. Leo Chiang reflects on his relationship with Taiwan, the United States and China from the islands of Kinmen, just a few miles from mainland China.

NǍI NAI AND WÀI PÓ
dir. Sean Wang and Sam Davis | USA | 17 min | Mandarin w/subs
A personal love letter from director Sean Wang to his Nai Nai and Wài Pó, a grandma super team that dances, stretches, and farts their sorrows away.

THE ABC'S OF BOOK BANNING
dir. Sheila Nevins and Trish Adlesic | USA | 27 min
THE ABC'S OF BOOK BANNING reveals the voices of the impacted parties of books banned from school districts, inspiring hope for the future through the profound insights of inquisitive youthful minds.

THE LAST REPAIR SHOP
dir. Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers | USA | 39 min
In Los Angeles, a few devoted craftspeople keep over 80,000 student instruments in good repair.

THE BARBER OF LITTLE ROCK
dir. John Hoffman and Christine Turner | USA | 35 min
Barber Arlo Washington forms a nonprofit community bank, with a visionary approach to a just economy that could reshape the future of banking. The People Trust fosters economic progress for underserved residents in Little Rock, Ark.