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Best Of Documentary 1 – 2016

The 1st of two programmes featuring the best of International & Australian Documentary short films in competition.

International & Australian filmmakers battle it out for the prestigious Academy® accredited award for Best Documentary Short Film.

Screening: Tue 12 Jan, 4.30pm | Duration: 102 min | Classification: under 15 yrs to be w/adult

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  • The Battle

    Kayah Guenther is a young artist struggling to find his place in the world. Born with trisomy 21, he narrates his story through dance. A highly stylised and darkly evocative portrait, set to an original score, ‘The Battle’ explores themes of identity, power, passion and despair.

  • Mirror Image

    Jewish Israeli grandparents are challenged by their grandchild to compose an agreed-upon version of the untold story of a large crystal mirror, taken from the Palestinian village of Zarnuqa during the Nakba – the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians by the new Israeli state in the 1948 war.

  • Nowhere Line – Voices from Manus Island

    A short animated documentary narrated by two men, currently detained in the Manus Island Offshore Processing centre.

  • Airport Donetsk

    The humans behind the battle for Donetsk Airport. Weaving together the voices of fighters on both sides, director Shahida Tulaganova tells an unvarnished story of war through the eyes of those who were there.

  • Kacey Mottet Klein, Birth of an Actor

    8 years. 12 years. 15 years old. A body is growing and developing in front of the camera, absorbing sensations and emotions, confronting its limits and its darker hidden parts. A body that through the years abandons itself to the character, transforming what could be seen as simple (children’s) play-acting into the true work of an actor.

  • Auschwitz

    Auschwitz is synonymous with the epic horrors of the Holocaust but it is also a place on the map, one with a surprising history before WWII and a complicated role after it.

    Narrated by Meryl Streep. Music by Benjamin Wallfisch. Music produced by Hans Zimmer.

  • This House is Innocent

    Tom and Barbara’s new home has a notorious past and it’s going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash its macabre history.