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Documentary Shortlist

by Bill Hayes

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its shortlist for its 2017 Best Documentary Feature. The shortlist was narrowed to five nominees (marked with an asterisk). Below in alphabetical order is the shortlist, with links to each film’s web site, which usually has a trailer. Some of the documentaries may be unsuitable for classroom use, but still may be of interest to social studies teachers.


Command and Control

The Eagle Huntress

Fire at Sea*


Hooligan Sparrow

I Am Not Your Negro*

The Ivory Game

Life, Animated*

O.J.: Made in America*




The Witness

Zero Days