Oscar-Nominated Shorts 2022: Documentary (Prog B.)

Friday, February 25 - Thursday, April 14, 2022

Rating equivalent of PG-13 or R for adult themes and topics.


When We Were Bullies – dir. Jay Rosenblat, USA/Germany, 36 min.

Three Songs for Benazir – dirs. Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei, Afghanistan, 22 min.
The Queen of Basketball – dir. Ben Proudfoot, USA, 22 min.

Film synopses:

When We Were Bullies
A mind-boggling coincidence leads the filmmaker to track down his fifth grade class and fifth grade teacher to examine their memory of and complicity in a bullying incident 50 years ago.

Three Songs for Benazir
The story of Shaista, a young man who—newly married to Benazir and living in a displacement camp in Kabul—struggles to balance his dreams of being the first from his tribe to join the Afghan National Army with the responsibilities of starting a family. Gulistan and Elizabeth Mirzaei’s remarkable access sheds light on the experience of modern-day Afghans who live, love, and seek space for themselves amid constant instability.

The Queen of Basketball

She is one of the greatest living women’s basketball players. 3 national trophies. Scored the first basket in women’s Olympic basketball at the ‘76 Olympics. Drafted to the NBA. But have you ever heard of Lusia Harris?

  • Running Time 80 minutes
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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