National Archives 16th Annual Showcase of Academy Award®-Nominated Documentaries and Short Subjects
Press Release · Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Washington, DC

The National Archives will host free screenings of the 92nd Academy Award® nominees in four categories — Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Live Action Short Film, and Animated Short Film — in its William G. McGowan Theater from Wednesday, February 5, 2020 through Sunday, February 9, 2020. A very limited number of seats are available for press, contact:

The screenings are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with the National Archives Foundation.

Reservations for the screenings will open to the general public at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, January 17, 2020, at or call 202-357-6814.

Theater doors will open 45 minutes prior to start time. Walk-ins without reservations will be admitted 15 minutes prior to start time, depending on available seats. Please note that some films may not be appropriate for general audiences.

The William G. McGowan Theater is located in the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. Metro accessible on Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. The public should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. To verify the date and times of the programs, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

Screening Schedule (subject to availability)

Documentary Feature Nominees

Wednesday, February 5, 7 p.m.
The Cave
Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjær 
(104 minutes, unrated)

Thursday, February 6, 7 p.m.
American Factory
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert
(115 minutes, rated TV-14)

Friday, February 7, 7 p.m.
The Edge of Democracy
Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris and Tiago Pavan
(121 minutes, TV-14)

Saturday, February 8, 7 p.m.
For Sama
Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts
(100 minutes, rated TV-PG)

Sunday, February 9, 4 p.m.
Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska and Atanas Georgiev 
(86 minutes, unrated)

Live Action Short Film Nominees
Saturday, February 8, noon 

Meryam Joobeur and Maria Gracia Turgeon
Nefta Football Club
Yves Piat and Damien Megherbi
The Neighbors' Window
Marshall Curry
Bryan Buckley and Matt Lefebvre
A Sister
Delphine Girard 

Total Running Time: 106 minutes.

Animated Short Film Nominees
Saturday, February 8, 3:30 p.m. 

Dcera (Daughter)
Daria Kashcheeva
Hair Love
Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver
Rosana Sullivan and Kathryn Hendrickson
Bruno Collet and Jean-François Le Corre
Siqi Song 

Total Running Time:  51 minutes

Documentary Short Subject Nominees
Sunday, February 9, 11 a.m. 

In the Absence
Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)
Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva
Life Overtakes Me
John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson
St. Louis Superman
Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan
Walk Run Cha-Cha
Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt 

Total Running Time:  154 minutes

Note: Screenings on Sunday, February 9, 2020, will conclude prior to 6:00 p.m. to allow attendees to return home to view the 92nd Academy Awards®  live broadcast on the ABC Television Network (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).


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