The 2017 Academy Award® nominees for Best Documentary Short Subject.
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Heroin(e) – dirs. Elaine Mcmillon Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon,USA , 39 minutes, English
Once a bustling industrial town, Huntington, West Virginia has become the epicentre of America's modern opioid epidemic, with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. This flood of heroin now threatens the Appalachian city with a cycle of generational addiction, lawlessness, and poverty. Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon (Hollow) shows a different side of the fight against drugs by highlighting three women working to change the town's narrative and break the devastating cycle of drug abuse, one person at a time.
Knife Skills – dir. Thomas Lennon, USA, 40 minutes, English
What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is made up of almost entirely men and women just released from prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have barely two months to learn their trade? Knife Skills follows the hectic launch of Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. In this improbable setting, we come to know three trainees intimately, as well as the restaurant's founder, who is also dogged by his past. They all have something to prove, and all struggle to launch new lives - an endeavour as pressured and perilous as the ambitious restaurant launch of which they are a part.