The Sweden-located film Life Overtakes Me is in the running for Academy Award for Best Documentary Short together with the UK doc Learning to Skate in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl).
Kristine Samuelson and John Haptas’ Sweden-based Life Overtakes Me tells the story of traumatized children of the refugee diaspora who are in such profound despair that they withdraw into a coma-like state. In Sweden, over 400 refugee children have been afflicted with this life-threatening psychosomatic illness, and the film will accompany two of them and their families on their frightening odyssey through Resignation Syndrome.
Comment Samuelson and John Haptas: “We are thrilled that Life Overtakes Me has been recognized by the Academy. This honor will bring further attention to children whose lives are scarred by trauma. We believe that Resignation Syndrome is just one manifestation of the impact of fear and anxiety on refugees, including children held in detention on our own borders.”
Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl) is directed by Carol Dysinger and tells the story of young Afghan girls learning to read, write – and skateboard – in Kabul.
Comments Dysinger: “After 15 years of filming in Afghanistan I am humbled by the indelible spirit of the young women at the heart of this film. Their determination in the face of great odds to get an education gives hope for a better future. They are truly inspiring and I’m grateful that this recognition may in some way shine light on their story. My thanks to the Academy.”
The 92nd Oscars will be awarded February 9, 2020.