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Oscars 2020: Get to Know the Films on the Documentary Feature & Short Categories.

 

AMERICAN FACTORY

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) NOMINEE

Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert

FILM SYNOPSIS

In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned GM plant and hires 2,000 blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.

THE CAVE

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) NOMINEE

Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjær

FILM SYNOPSIS

In war-torn Syria, a dedicated team of female doctors tirelessly treat casualties in an underground hospital while battling systemic sexism.

THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) NOMINEE

Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris and Tiago Pavan

FILM SYNOPSIS

A cautionary tale about one of the most dramatic periods in Brazilian history and the polarizing rise and fall of the country’s leaders.

FOR SAMA

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) NOMINEE

Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts

FILM SYNOPSIS

During the five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria, Waad al-Kateab falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama.

HONEYLAND

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) NOMINEE

Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska and Atanas Georgiev


FILM SYNOPSIS

Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping.

IN THE ABSENCE

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT) NOMINEE

Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam

FILM SYNOPSIS

When the MV Sewol ferry sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014, over three hundred people lost their lives, most of them schoolchildren. Years later, the victims’ families and survivors are still demanding justice from national authorities.

LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL)

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT) NOMINEE

Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva

FILM SYNOPSIS

Over the course of 15 years, a class of young girls from disadvantaged neighborhoods in war-torn Kabul, learn to read and write and grow together in confidence through the joy of skateboarding.

LIFE OVERTAKES ME

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT) NOMINEE

John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson

FILM SYNOPSIS

Hundreds of refugee children in Sweden who have fled with their families from extreme trauma in their home countries have become afflicted with Resignation Syndrome. Facing deportation, they withdraw from the world into a coma-like state, as if frozen, for months or even years.

ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT) NOMINEE

Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan

FILM SYNOPSIS

Bruce Franks Jr., a leading Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives, must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a bill critical to his community.

WALK RUN CHA-CHA

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT) NOMINEE

Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt

FILM SYNOPSIS

Chipaul and Millie Cao reunited in 1980s Los Angeles after being separated by the Vietnam War. Forty years later, they become ballroom dancers to reconnect again and make up for lost time.

Source: https://oscar.go.com/

Watch full list of nominees here: https://oscar.go.com/nominees/actor-in-a-leading-role

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