You can watch two of 10 films shortlisted in the Best Documentary Short race on Netflix right now. The streaming giant’s “End Game” and “Zion” have screened successfully at multiple festivals and are currently on their way to Oscar glory. Judging by the trailers below, both present deeply moving stories about the human condition.
Directed by seasoned storytellers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, “End Game” looks at the death with a compassionate lens from the perspective of those dealing with terminal patients. Medical professionals who dedicate their lives to help those at the end of theirs speak candidly about suffering, kindness, and humanity. Though it’s certainly not an easy watch, it’s surely insightful.
Epstein won the Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature for and “The Times of Harvey Milk” and “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt.” This is a return to non-fiction for Epstein who in recent years worked on multiple narrative features.
Making the jump into the documentary world with “Zion,” commercial director Floyd Russ follows the story of Zion Clark, a wrestler with big dreams and a difficult upbringing. While Zion was born without legs and endured neglect in foster, his unbroken spirit is truly inspirational to watch. Amid hardship, wrestling became his guiding purpose and his fellow wrestlers his adoptive family. The short debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018.
In 2018, Netflix earned a nomination in the category with Elaine McMillion Sheldon’s “Heroin(e),” about three women fighting the opioid epidemic in West Virginia.