Documentary Short

A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. Such films were originally shot on film stock—the only medium available—but now include video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video, made into a TV show or released for screening in cinemas. “Documentary” has been described as a “filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception” that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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Letters From Long Binh

Gregory Stern | United States | 00:40:42 | 2020 English In the fall of 1968, a 26-year old Army Captain finds himself halfway across the world in Vietnam. From Long Binh Post, Bruce Stern connects with his friends and family at home while he tries to maintain a sense of normalcy in a turbulent time…. Read more »

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Daniel Woods | Australia | 00:03:37 | 2020 English Campbell Sims expresses on what it’s like to grow up having a learning difficulty in and out of school, whilst talking about how different things such as art has helped him get through life. Producer Daniel Woods Editor Matt Temby Director of Photography Thomas Snowden

The Last Fishing Journey

Tanguy Guinchard | Switzerland | 00:12:06 | 2020 French “Will lake fishing stand alonside the old forgotten jobs?” On the shores of a Swiss lake, an old fisherman sees is job coming to a critic turn because of the actual planet conditions. The long tradition that drive a fisherman’s family is maybe coming to an… Read more »

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The Angel of History

Eric Esser | Germany | 00:10:35 | 2020 German A border in Europe. A painting by Paul Klee. A poem by Walter Benjamin. A film about yesterday and today, and how difficult it is to recognize one behind the other. Writer Eric Esser Producer Eric Esser Cinematographer Michael Zimmer Editor Evelyn Rack

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Blue Arvida

David D.D. | Canada | 00:08:45 | 2020 French A grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease, a legacy of Super 8 film reels, a wedding recorded on VHS… Blue Arvida shares a thought about images left behind. Writer David D.D. Producer David D.D.

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The Guitar and the Commoner

Breno Soares | Brazil | 00:19:55 | 2020 Italian, Portuguese Irio de Paula was born in Bangu, played choro, passed the guitar, was part of the band of Elza Soares, traveled with her to Italy and stayed there. More than four decades later, he visits the family he left in Brazil. Writers Breno Soares Mauro… Read more »

“Big Waters”

Yuliya Kornienko | Canada | 00:07:47 | 2020 English, Russian Big Waters is an exploration of creativity and the transformation that comes with it. It focuses on the inner obstacles of the main subject Eteri and the filmmaker herself; both going through the process of creation. Eteri is challenged by the filmmaker to produce something… Read more »

INVISIBLE

Cali Gilbert | United States | 00:14:55 | 2020 English The homeless crisis in Los Angeles has reached a breaking point. Instead of focusing on what to do once someone becomes homeless, the focus should be on prevention and finding support for those who need it most. Cast Tisha Janigian Pamela Connolly Rev. L. (Mack)… Read more »

Feeding Survivors

Sabrina Habib | United States | 00:06:55 | 2020 English Jewish Family and Community Services in collaboration with Feeding North Florida have been caring for over 100 Holocaust survivors in NE Florida. This Short documentary provides an overview of their partnership. This is a production of Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Digital Media Program and… Read more »

My Two Lives, Creative Response to the Holocaust

Sarita Gold | Australia | 00:11:00 | 2020 English Lotte Weiss is a Holocaust survivor. She has never forgotten the horrors of her three years of internment at Auschwitz and Birkenau. Yet it is her immense life force that propelled her through the torture and devastation enveloping her. Her inherent integrity and morality remained steadfast…. Read more »