Oscars 2021: The Documentary Short Nominees!!

The Academy Awards take place on 25 April 2021.


As the ceremony draws near, let’s take a look at this year's nominees for the Best Documentary Short Oscar... and where you can watch them.


What is your favourite documentary short on this list? The competition is incredible in this category and I love all of these films. However, if I had to pick a winner myself, it would be Hunger Ward.


Oscar Shortlist - Documentary Short Subject



On the anniversary of the start of the Nuremberg trials, 90 year old Colette Marin-Catherine confronts her past by visiting the Nazi concentration camp in Germany where her brother was killed. 

Watch via The Guardian documentaries 


A Concerto Is A Conversation

A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer tracks his family's lineage through his 91 year old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Watch on Vimeo 


Do Not Split

In 2019, a proposed bill allowing the Chinese government to extradite criminal suspects to mainland China sparked protests throughout Hong Kong. Told over the course of a year, Do Not Split captures the determination and sacrifices of the protesters, the government’s backlash and the passage of the new Beijing-backed national security law.

Watch on Field Of Vision 


Hunger Ward

Hunger Ward follows two inspiring medical professionals as they work tirelessly, and often in vain, to treat Yemen’s starving children.

Hunger Ward is available to watch via the Pluto TV Documentaries Channel in over 20 countries. For more information, visit hungerward.org

Click here for my review


A Love Song For Latasha

Who was Latasha Harlins? Nearly three decades after her death (after being fatally shot in 1991 by Soon Ja Du, the owner of a South Central Los Angeles convenience store), director Sophia Nahli Allison’s brilliant documentary short, A Love Song for Latasha, explores Harlins’ story and builds a powerful and moving archive of the promising life that was lost. 

Watch on Netflix

Click here for my review


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