The Two Shorts, From Oscar-winning Director Orlando von Einsiedel and First-Time Director Alexander A. Mora Will Stream For Free Around The World
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National Geographic Documentary Films first-ever documentary shorts, Lost and Found, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, and The Nightcrawlers, from first-time director Alexander A. Mora and producer Joanna Natasegara, are now available to watch online unauthenticated in regions around the world. Both short films have played in numerous prestigious festivals around the U.S. since their announcement earlier this fall, with the digital launch exponentially expanding their consumer availability.
“Expanding the availability of these two important documentary shorts, ‘Lost and Found’ and ‘The Nightcrawlers,’ will help ensure their timely and urgent stories reach a wide audience,” said Carolyn Bernstein, EVP of global scripted programming and documentary films for National Geographic. “We are proud to be partnering with two supremely talented filmmakers to shine a light on the humanitarian crises that have resulted from the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar and the drug war in the Philippines.”
The films are available to watch now at the below URLs:
- Lost and Found: natgeo.com/lostandfound | YouTube
- The Nightcrawlers: natgeo.com/nightcrawlers | YouTube
ABOUT LOST AND FOUND
Separating thousands of families from loved ones, a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing and violence perpetrated by the Myanmar military has driven more than 700,000 Rohingya from their homes. Lost and Found, directed by Academy Award winner Orlando von Einsiedel (“The White Helmets,” “Virunga”), is an inspiring story of humanity and heroism in the world’s largest refugee camp; it follows Kamal Hussein, a Rohingya refugee who has dedicated his life to reuniting children with their parents. Lost and Found was an official selection of the Telluride Film Festival, San Francisco Doc Stories, DOC NYC Shorts Short List, AFI Festival and others. It was also included on the International Documentary Association’s Shorts Shortlist earlier this fall.
ABOUT THE NIGHTCRAWLERS
An unflinching, verité-style exposé, The Nightcrawlers follows a determined group of photojournalists on their mission to chronicle the deadly battle being waged against the Philippines’ drug epidemic — and the tragic cost of this brutal crusade. Directed with pulse-pounding intensity by first-time director Alexander A. Mora, the documentary trails Raffy Lerma, a former staff photographer for a prominent newspaper, as he joins forces with a team of bold freelance photojournalists, or “nightcrawlers,” who are covering a wave of extrajudicial killings that, by some estimates, has claimed as many as 27,000 lives. With unprecedented access the film also features shocking interviews with members of a mysterious death squad that prowls the city’s back alleys in search of people they are paid to kill with impunity. The Nightcrawlers is nominated for an IDA Documentary Award for Best Short and was an official selection of San Francisco Doc Stories, Camden Film Festival, DOC NYC Shorts Shortlist, Hot Springs Film Festival, and the Hamptons Film Festival, where Mora won a Special Jury Prize for Courageous Filmmaking. For more information on the film, click here.
Since launching three years ago, National Geographic Documentary Films has come to be known for excellence in nonfiction storytelling, releasing acclaimed films such as the Academy Award®, BAFTA Film Award and Emmy Award-winning Free Solo, TIFF audience award winner and fellow THR Docs to Watch nominee The Cave, Sundance and SXSW Audience Award-winning Science Fair, Emmy award-winning LA 92 and Jane (both LA 92 and Jane were included in the top 15 documentaries considered for an Oscar® in 2017), and Dupont Award-winning Hell on Earth.
ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARY FILMS
National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to bringing the world premium feature documentaries that cover timely, provocative and globally relevant stories from the very best documentary filmmakers in the world. National Geographic Documentary Films is a division of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 131 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com.
Stephanie Montgomery, 202-912-6632, Stephanie.Montgomery@natgeo.com