Catch the 2016 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts at the Music Box

Music Box Theatre

Everyone wants to know if Leonardo Dicaprio is going to finally win best actor at the Oscars, and while it is the most anticipated category there are other awards that will go to powerful films and actors and one of those categories that people rarely get to experience in a movie theater is documentary. The Music Box Theatre has you covered to know everything for the upcoming show with the Oscar-nominated documentary shorts program.

With documentaries you can’t rest on the laurels of actors and effects because real life is the only thing that matters and getting people to open up to you and telling a true story correctly is much harder. It’s hard enough to do that as a feature film but having to cut real life into a short is even harder. These are films that will move you more because they deal with reality and have no time to waste. At the Music Box Theatre you can see all the Oscar-nominated documentary shorts in two installments.

There a five films nominated for documentary short. “Body Team 12” is set in Monrovia and follows a team responsible for collecting the bodies who have died from ebola. “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” tells the story of a survivor of a religiously motivated honor killing. “Last Day of Freedom” follows Bill Babbitt as he struggles with standing by his brother after committing a horrible crime. “Chau, Beyond the Lines” follows the determination and struggle of a Vietnamese teenager who suffers from the effects of Agent Orange. “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah” takes a meta-look at the difficulties of releasing a documentary.

Music Box Theatre’s Oscar-nominated documentary shorts program will be on view from Feb. 5–11 at the Music Box located at 3733 N. Southport Ave. For tickets and times visit

Written By Joel Mora

Joel Mora is editor at Concierge Preferred. Born and raised in Miami, Fl., Joel has slowly ate, drank, and explored his way up north refining all his senses to prepare for the stampede of delicious dining, notorious nightlife, stellar shopping, and captivating culture that calls Chicago home. In the wild he’ll be the red-bearded Cuban with a Lagunitas IPA in his hand.

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