Oscar-Nominated Shorts 2024: Documentary (Prog B)

Friday, February 16 - Thursday, March 21, 2024

ISLAND IN BETWEEN – S. Leo Chiang and Jean Tsien, 20 min., Taiwan (in English/Mandarin)
From Taiwan’s frontline amid rising tensions with China, filmmaker S. Leo Chiang weaves lyrical glimpses of local life with his own struggle negotiating ambivalent bonds to Taiwan, China, and the USA. ISLAND IN BETWEEN explores the uneasy peace in Taiwan, and contemplates its uncertain future.

NAI NAI AND WÀI PÓSean Wang and Sam Davis, 17 min., USA (in Mandarin)
Sean Wang is a filmmaker from Fremont, CA, currently based in Los Angeles. He is a Google Creative Lab 5 alum, former Sundance Ignite Fellow, and 2023 Sundance Screenwriters & Directors Lab Fellow.


THE BARBER OF LITTLE ROCK – John Hoffman and Christine Turner, 35 min., USA (in English)
THE BARBER OF LITTLE ROCK explores America’s widening racial wealth gap through the story of Arlo Washington, a local barber whose visionary approach to a just economy can be found in the mission of People Trust, the nonprofit community bank he founded.

For Documentary Program A, click here.

Playing as part of our program Oscar Nominated Short Films 2024 


This program will continue through March.

  • Running Time 70 minutes
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

IFC Center does not generally provide advisories about subject matter or potentially triggering content in films, as sensitivities vary from person to person. In addition to the synopses, trailers and other links on our website, further information about content and age-appropriateness for specific films can be found on Common Sense Media, IMDb and DoesTheDogDie.com as well as through general internet searches.