Oscar Winners & Contenders

Oscar Winners, Nominees and Submissions
1. Murder On a Sunday MorningUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 51 Mins

Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Film, the story follows the murder of a white woman and the Black teen that everyone—from officers to journalists—was ready to condemn. When his defense lawyer joins the case, everything changes.

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2. American DreamUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 38 Mins

Winner of the 1991 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary, American Dream captures working men and women of Austen, Minnesota making tough choices about survival during a time of economic crisis in the American Midwest.

3. The Letter RoomUnited StatesDrama33 Mins

SYNOPSIS  A corrections officer finds escape in deeply personal letters written to an inmate on death row.

WHAT  A dramedy that explores a side of the prison system few have considered.

WHY  Oscar-nominated for Best Live Action Short Film in 2021.

4. War WitchCanadaDrama1 Hour 31 Mins

A young African girl is abducted by rebel forces and made to kill her parents in order to prove herself to a brutal warlord. However, after they mistakenly believe that she is endowed with supernatural powers, she is able to survive long enough to fight back against her oppressors.

5. Nafi's FatherSenegalDrama1 Hour 49 Mins

SYNOPSIS  A young woman In a provincial town in Senegal is caught in a fight between her father, a religious leader, and his fundamentalist brother.

WHAT  A gripping and devastating film about he dangers of religious fundamentalism.

WHY  Senegal’s submission for “Best International Feature” Oscar in 2021.

6. Gold Coast LoungeGhanaCrime1 Hour 59 Mins

SYNOPSIS  An Afro-noir film taking place in the heart of Ghana. A crime family have to clean up their act before the government shuts down their private lounge.

WHAT  Gold Coast Lounge uses gangster movie tropes to address the nation's history of civil war.

WHY  Won 8 awards including ‘Best Director,’ ‘Best Lead Actor,’ ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Supporting Actress’ at 2019 Ghana Movie Awards.

7. Last Men In AleppoDenmarkDocumentary1 Hour 44 Mins

2018 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature and winner of the Grand Jury documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival—follows the efforts of the White Helmets, ordinary citizens who rush into Syrian battlefields hoping to save lives.

8. The Act of KillingDenmarkDocumentary2 Hours 40 Mins

Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer and documentary titans, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris examine a country where Indonesian death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings.

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