Oscar for Best Documentary (Short Subject)

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1.
Churchill's Island (1941 Documentary)
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The people of Britain resist the German air force and navy with help from North America. (21 mins.)
 
2.
The Battle of Midway (1942 Documentary)
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The Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942, filmed as it happened. (18 mins.)
 
3.
Kokoda Front Line! (1942 Documentary)
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Cameraman Damien Parer has just returned from the front in New Guinea, where he's documented Australian troops in action... (9 mins.)
 
4.
Moscow Strikes Back (1942 Documentary)
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(55 mins.)
 
5.
Prelude to War (1942 Documentary)
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The official World War II US Government film statement defining the various enemies of the Allies and why they must be fought. (52 mins.)
 
6.
December 7th: The Movie (1943)
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"Docudrama" about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 and its results, the recovering of the ships, the improving of defense in Hawaii and the US efforts to beat back the Japanese reinforcements. (82 mins.)
 
7.
With the Marines at Tarawa (1944 Documentary)
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Documentary short film depicting the harrowing battle between the U.S. Marines and the Japanese for control of the Pacific island of Tarawa. (18 mins.)
 
8.
Hitler Lives (1945 Documentary)
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This short, produced at the end of WWII, warns that although Adolf Hitler is dead, his ideas live on in the German people... (17 mins.)
 
9.
Seeds of Destiny (1946 Documentary)
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Postwar propaganda film in support of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Strident but poignant... (20 mins.)
Director: David Miller
 
10.
First Steps (1947 Documentary)
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United Nations, 1947 - In this film one crippled child learns to walk: first to move, then to stand... (10 mins.)
Director: Hans Burger
 
11.
Toward Independence (1948 Documentary)
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(30 mins.)
 
12.
A Chance to Live (1949 Documentary)
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(18 mins.)
Director: James L. Shute
 
13.
So Much for So Little (1949 Documentary)
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An illustration of the role public health agencies play in citizens' lives. (10 mins.)
 
14.
Why Korea? (1951 Documentary)
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(30 mins.)
Stars: Joe King
 
15.
Benjy (1951 Short Film)
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Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
16.
Neighbours (1952 Short Film)
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A surreal story of two neighbours' destructive feud over a flower. (8 mins.)
Director: Norman McLaren
 
17.
The Alaskan Eskimo (1953 Documentary)
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(27 mins.)
Director: James Algar
 
18.
Thursday's Children (1954 Documentary)
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Won the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Short of 1954. The subject deals with the children at The Royal School for the Deaf in Margate... (21 mins.)
 
19.
Men Against the Arctic (1955 Documentary)
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(30 mins.)
Director: Winston Hibler
 
20.
The True Story of the Civil War (1957 Documentary)
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(29 mins.)
 
21.
Ama Girls (1958 Documentary)
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(29 mins.)
 
22.
Glas (1958 Documentary)
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Documentary about Dutch glass production in the 50s. (11 mins.)
Director: Bert Haanstra
 
23.
Giuseppina (1960 Short Film)
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Oscar® - winning short in which a young girl observes the array of quirky characters who pass her father's rural petrol station. (32 mins.)
Director: James Hill
 
24.
Project Hope (1961 Documentary)
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25.
A Tribute to Dylan Thomas (1961 Documentary)
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An atmospheric tribute to the genius of Welsh poet and dramatist Dylan Thomas, using many of the windswept... (30 mins.)
Director: Jack Howells
 
26.
Chagall (1963 Documentary)
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Director: Lauro Venturi
 
27.
Nine from Little Rock (1964 Documentary)
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The Arkansas school integration crisis and the changes wrought in subsequent years. This film profiles... (20 mins.)
 
28.
To Be Alive! (1964 Documentary)
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(18 mins.)
 
29.
A Year Toward Tomorrow (1966 Documentary)
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Documentary about the VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program. (25 mins.)
Director: Edmond Levy
 
30.
The Redwoods (1967 Documentary)
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(21 mins.)
 
31.
Why Man Creates (1968 Documentary)
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(29 mins.)
Director: Saul Bass
 
32.
Czechoslovakia 1918-1968 (1969 Documentary)
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Short documentary about 50 years of history of Czechoslovakia, with archive images. (13 mins.)
 
33.
Interviews with My Lai Veterans (1971 Documentary)
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Interviews with five former American soldiers who were present at the March 16, 1968 attack on the village... (22 mins.)
Director: Joseph Strick
 
34.
Sentinels of Silence (1971 Documentary)
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(18 mins.)
Director: Robert Amram
 
35.
This Tiny World (1972 Documentary)
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Documentary about antique mechanical toys. (15 mins.)
 
36.
Princeton: A Search for Answers (1974 Documentary)
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(30 mins.)
 
37.
Don't (1975 Documentary)
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(19 mins.)
Director: Robin Lehman
 
38.
The End of the Game (1976 Short Film)
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A veteran cop and his young assistant (Jon Voght) investigate the murder of a fellow officer. (29 mins.)
Director: Robin Lehman
 
39.
Number Our Days (1976 Documentary)
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A documentary study of a community of elderly Jews in Venice, California. (28 mins.)
Director: Lynne Littman
 
40.
Gravity Is My Enemy (1977 Documentary)
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A look at artist Mark Hicks of Manhattan Beach, California, a quadriplegic since falling out of a tree at age 14... (26 mins.)
Director: John Joseph
 
41.
The Flight of the Gossamer Condor (1978 Documentary)
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The Flight of the Gossamer Condor tells the inspiring true story of history's first successful human-powered flight... (27 mins.)
Director: Ben Shedd
 
42.
Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1979 Documentary)
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An examination of the life of actor and singer Paul Robeson, from his first major triumphs on the stage... (30 mins.)
Director: Saul J. Turell
 
43.
Karl Hess: Toward Liberty (1980 Documentary)
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A look at Karl Hess, libertarian intellectual and activist, from his background as a magazine editor... (26 mins.)
 
44.
Close Harmony (1981 Documentary)
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A chorus of 4th- and 5th-graders at the Brooklyn Friends School and a chorus of elderly retirees at... (30 mins.)
Director: Nigel Noble
 
45.
If You Love This Planet (1982 Documentary)
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Australian pediatrician Helen Caldicott delivers a lecture on the potential medical and societal consequences of a nuclear war... (26 mins.)
Director: Terri Nash
 
46.
Flamenco at 5:15 (1983 Documentary)
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Students in their final year at the National Ballet School of Canada are seen learning the flamenco from Susana and Antonio Robledo... (29 mins.)
Director: Cynthia Scott
 
47.
The Stone Carvers (1984 Documentary)
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A look at some of the last stone carvers working in the United States, those completing the sculptures adorning the Washington National Cathedral... (30 mins.)
 
48.
Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements (1985 Documentary)
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Documentary of Charlie Clements, a Vietnam War pilot who was convinced by his experiences in the war that he should become a doctor working behind enemy lines. (29 mins.)
Director: Deborah Shaffer
 
49.
Women - for America, for the World (1986 Documentary)
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22 prominent American women discuss their activism for nuclear disarmament and their motivations in seeking the end of the arms race. (30 mins.)
 
50.
Young at Heart (1987 Documentary)
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Filmmakers Sue Marx and Pamela Conn document the romance between Sue's father Louis Gothelf and Reva Shwayder... (29 mins.)
 
51.
You Don't Have to Die (1988 Documentary)
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A young boy's successful battle against cancer and his subsequent efforts to help other children overcome their fears of the illness.
 
52.
The Johnstown Flood (1989 Documentary)
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On May 30, 1889 the South Fork Dam, which maintained a pleasure lake for wealthy Pittsburgh industrialists and their families... (26 mins.)
 
53.
Days of Waiting (1991 Documentary)
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The story of Estelle Ishigo, one of the few Caucasians interned with Japanese Americans during World War II... (28 mins.)
Director: Steven Okazaki
 
54.
Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our Environment (1991 Documentary)
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This 1991 Academy Award®-winning documentary uncovers the disastrous health and environmental side effects caused by the production of nuclear materials by the General Electric Corporation. (27 mins.)
Director: Debra Chasnoff
 
55.
Educating Peter (1992 Documentary)
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Peter Gwazdauskas, a child with Down Syndrome, attends a normal school with regular students. The documentary follows Peter and how much he has improved throughout the school year. (30 mins.)
 
56.
Defending Our Lives (1994 Documentary)
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(42 mins.)
 
57.
A Time for Justice (1994 Documentary)
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A short history of civil rights movements in the US. (38 mins.)
 
58.
One Survivor Remembers (1995 Documentary)
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Co-Produced by the U.S.Holocaust Memorial Museum Research Institute, this Academy Award-winning documentary... (39 mins.)
Director: Kary Antholis
 
59.
Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien (1996 Documentary)
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Portrait of writer Mark O'Brien, who contracted polio as a child and spent much of his life in an iron lung. (35 mins.)
Director: Jessica Yu
 
60.
A Story of Healing (1997 Documentary)
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In January, 1997, a team of five nurses, four anesthesiologists, and three plastic surgeons arrive in... (28 mins.)
Director: Donna Dewey
 
61.
The Personals (1999 Documentary)
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Documentary about a Jewish senior citizens' acting group on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The film... (40 mins.)
Director: Keiko Ibi
 
62.
King Gimp (1999 Documentary)
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(39 mins.)
 
63.
Big Mama (2000 Documentary)
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The story of Viola Dees, an elderly woman who is trying to care for her troubled grandson.
Director: Tracy Seretean
Stars: Viola Dees
 
64.
Thoth (2002 Documentary)
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Thoth is a street performer currently in New York. Thoth is an individual with a complicated life and background. Thoth plays on opera with a violin in a loincloth in Central Park. Thoth is. (40 mins.)
Director: Sarah Kernochan
Stars: S.K. Thoth
 
65.
Twin Towers (2003 Short Film)
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Two brothers, one a firefighter, one a police officer, are remembered for their bravery in New York City on September 11. (34 mins.)
Stars: Tommy Buda
 
66.
Chernobyl Heart (2003 Documentary)
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This Academy Award-winning documentary takes a look at children born after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster who have been born with a deteriorated heart condition. (39 mins.)
Director: Maryann DeLeo
 
67.
Mighty Times: The Children's March (2004 Documentary)
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The children of Baltimore, Maryland take to the streets for civil rights in 1963. (40 mins.)
Director: Robert Houston
 
68.
A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin (2005 Documentary)
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On May 8th, 1945, writer, director Norman Corwin broadcast ON A NOTE OF TRIUMPH, an unforgettable homage to the end of war in Europe... (39 mins.)
Director: Eric Simonson
 
69.
The Blood of Yingzhou District (2006 Documentary)
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A year in the life of children in the Province of Anhui in China, who have lost their parents to AIDS. Traditional obligations to family and village collide with terror of the disease. (38 mins.)
Director: Ruby Yang
 
70.
Freeheld (2007 Documentary)
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Lieutenant Laurel Hester is dying. All she wants to do is leave her pension benefits to her life partner - Stacie... (39 mins.)
Director: Cynthia Wade
 
71.
Smile Pinki (2008 Documentary)
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A destitute Indian child meets a social worker who makes it possible for her to obtain free surgery to cure her cleft lip. (39 mins.)
Director: Megan Mylan
 
72.
Music by Prudence (2010 Documentary)
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Prudence Mabhena leads a group of young, disabled Africans who inspire others with their music, proving that disability does not mean inability. (33 mins.)
 
73.
Strangers No More (2010 Documentary)
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In the heart of Tel Aviv, there is an exceptional school where children from forty-eight different countries... (40 mins.)
 
74.
Saving Face (2012 Documentary)
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Plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad returns to his native Pakistan to help those left horribly scarred by acid attacks. (40 mins.)
 
75.
Inocente (2012 Documentary)
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A personal and vibrant coming of age story about a young artist's determination never to surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings... (40 mins.)
 
76.
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (2013 Documentary)
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Alice Herz-Sommer, aged 109 and the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, tells the story of how music saved her life: both during her time at Theresienstadt concentration camp and in the years afterwards. (39 mins.)
Director: Malcolm Clarke
 
77.
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (2013 Documentary)
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Counselors provide support, guidance and hope to despondent servicemen dealing with emotional, physical and financial troubles. (40 mins.)
 
78.
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015 Documentary)
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A woman in Pakistan sentenced to death for falling in love becomes a rare survivor of the country's harsh judicial system. (40 mins.)