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Wichita Public Library to present Oscar-nominated short films

For the 26th year, the Wichita Public Library will host screenings of Academy Award-nominated short films, in programs to be held Saturday through Feb. 25.

“Nominees always cover a wide range of topics and this year is no different,” said Sarah Shetlar, who organizes the event.

Nominees include films from Japan, Pakistan, Norway, Ireland, Canada — and Wichita. “Incident in New Baghdad” (nominated for best documentary short) tells the story of former U.S. Army Specialist and Wichitan Ethan McCord.

The films typically are not rated and may not be suitable for all audiences. All screenings are free and open to the public.

All nominated films (save for one that is unavailable for screening) in live action, animation and documentary categories will be shown in programs starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Warren Theatre west, 9150 N. 21st St., and 10 a.m. Feb. 25 at Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway.

These branch libraries will host screenings of live action and animation categories only:

•  Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, at 1 p.m. Sunday

•  Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, at 5 p.m. Tuesday

•  Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, at 5 p.m., Wednesday

•  Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st St., at 1 p.m. Feb. 24.

Documentary shorts will be screened at 5 p.m. on Thursday at the Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. Ninth St.

For more information, call 316-261-8506 or go to

The nominees


“Dimanche/Sunday” (9 min., Canada) — A small boy’s Sunday is filled with ordinary and extraordinary events.

“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” (17 min., U.S.A.) — A storm transports a young man to a place where books are living entities.

“La Luna” (7 min., U.S.A.) — A young boy accompanies his father and grandfather to their unusual nighttime job.

“A Morning Stroll” (7 min., United Kingdom) — A New Yorker takes a chicken out for its morning stroll.

“Wild Life” (14 min., Canada) — A young idealistic Englishman moves to Canada to become a rancher.


“Pentecost” (11 min., Ireland) — A young Irish boy faces a difficult choice that may leave him at odds with his small community.

“Raju” (24 min., Germany/India) — A German couple adopts an Indian orphan in Calcutta.

“The Shore” (30 min., Northern Ireland) — Two boyhood best friends from Northern Ireland reunite after 25 years.

“Time Freak” (11 min., U.S.A.) — A neurotic inventor hopes to correct his past mistakes by creating a time machine.

“Tuba Atlantic” (25 min., Norway) — With only six days left to live, an elderly man wants to make things right with his brother.


“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement” (26 min., U.S.A.) — In the days leading up to Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 election, a former civil rights activist looks back at the early days of the movement.

“God Is the Bigger Elvis” (Unavailable for showing, U.S.A.) — In 1963, actress Dolores Hart chooses to leave Hollywood behind and become a Benedictine nun.

“Incident in New Baghdad” (22 min., U.S.A.) — U.S. Army Specialist Ethan McCord recalls the tragic incident in Iraq that triggered his debilitating post-traumatic stress disorder and altered his view of the war.

“Saving Face” (40 min., Pakistan) — A British-Pakistani plastic surgeon works to help women who have been injured in acid attacks.

“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” (39 min., Japan) — Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan’s recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins.