Presented in three programs, DOC NYC’s Short List for Shorts highlights 12 documentary shorts that impress us as the year’s leading awards contenders.

Now Is the Time |  Director:  Christopher Auchter

On the 50th anniversary of the first new totem pole raising on British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii in almost a century, Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter steps through history to revisit the day that would signal the rebirth of the Haida spirit. (Courtesy of New York Times Op-Docs / POV / National Film Board of Canada)

Then Comes the Evening | Director: Maja Novakovic

In the lush pastoral hills of Eastern Bosnia, two old women share solitude. The care they have for each other is not composed of words, but rather their daily conduct. They are in a conversation with the land, welcoming the voices of nature, and the songs of a memory that is dying out.

Sing Me a Lullaby| Director: Tiffany Hsiung

A daughter journeys to Taiwan seeking her mother’s long lost mother, uncovering family secrets and connecting the generations. (Courtesy of CBC / POV)

A Life Too Short | Director: Safyah Usmani, Co-Director Saad Zubair

Social media superstar Qandeel Baloch pushed boundaries in conservative Pakistan like no other. In 2016, high on her newfound celebrity, Qandeel exposes a well-known Muslim cleric–with tragic results. (Courtesy of MTV Documentary Films) 

Watch and exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with Directors Christopher Auchter, Tiffany Hsiung, Maja Novakovic and Safya Usmani.