Now Streaming: The ABCs of Book Banning Emerges as Top Contender for This Year’s Short Documentary Oscar

Two compelling short films centered on students, schools, and the educational framework are leading contenders at the upcoming Academy Awards. Both are now accessible for streaming in advance of the official Oscars broadcast.

The ABCs of Book Banning, helmed by Trish Adlesic, Nazenet Habtezghi, and Sheila Nevins, sheds light on literature that has faced challenges or restrictions in school libraries nationwide in recent times. Throughout the documentary, students directly address the camera, recite passages from the books in question, and offer their perspectives on the controversies surrounding them.

You can watch the entire film right now on Paramount+. Below is recent footage from an engaging post-screening discussion panel at the New York Public Library:

Today on The 74, Ben Chapman highlights another acclaimed film in the running for an Oscar: The Last Repair Shop. This documentary showcases the dedicated four-person team responsible for maintaining and repairing the vast collection of 80,000 musical instruments provided to public school students in Los Angeles at no cost.

To explore more about the film and watch it for free, click here.

The 96th annual Academy Awards will be broadcast at 7 p.m. ET this Sunday on ABC.

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