Movie: #Oscars #Short #LiveAction

There were five nominations in the category.  I was able to see them at a campus theater in a nearby town last night.  I liked that they showed them all together and at the end of each film they showed the cast/crew as they were sitting around their screens watching the nominations.  What a joy.

This blog goes over all five nominations. First, my pick:

The Silent Child

Run time: 20 minutes, Release Date: 8 August 2017

IMDB Synopsis: The Silent Child centers around a profoundly deaf four-year old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

My thoughts: The kid’s mom is an asshole.  A jealous asshole.  They did not realize she was deaf until she was three and a half.  That is just bullshit.  My family realized I was hearing impaired when I was in 6th grade. However, I had one fully functioning ear that compensated.  The part about this that I connected most to was that it only takes one teaching professional to reach a child who was living within the barriers of herself, unable to connect (truly) with the outer world.

 

 

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My Nephew Emmett

Run time: 20 minutes, Release Date: 6 August 2017

IMDB Synopsis: At 2:30AM on August 28, 1955 in the most racially divided state in the country, 64 year-old Mose Wright tries to protect his 14 year-old nephew Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood. Based on the true story of the 1955 murder of Emmett Louis Till.

My thoughts: This man whistled at a white woman and was executed by the husband. This short was very powerful and ended with the actual footage of Emmet’s uncle from the Freedom Riders who interviewed him.  I was so mad at his uncle for not sending him off somewhere if he thought that there would be trouble.  I did not understand why he wouldn’t have him sleep at a neighbor’s or something.

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The Eleven O’Clock

Run time: 13 minutes, Release Date: 26 September 2016

IMDB Synopsis: The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets out of control.

My thoughts:  This was a witty short film about a psychiatrist and a patient who thinks he is a psychiatrist.  It is a “who’s on first” type of back and forth.  Very cute.  The only short that is not based on actual events.

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Dekalb Elementary

Run time: 21 minutes, Release Date: 11 March 2017

IMDB Synopsis: Inspired by an actual 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

My thoughts:  I felt like the acting was a little choppy.  But the shots fired in this made me jump and the people next to me jump as well.  This is a timely piece and it is uplifting to see that the kindness of one person to another was enough to deescalate a situation.  I know that it is not something that could happen all the time but it is heartening that it happened in this instance.

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Watu Wote

Run time: 22 minutes, Release Date: 2017

IMDB Synopsis: For a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.

My thoughts: Another inspiring film based on actual events that shows that sometimes the people you hate are the ones that can save you.  I would love to see a follow up of what happened to the young girl.  However, the teacher, Salah Farrah, who was shot, passed away.  The film is dedicated to him.

 

 

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