KUCHING: Sarawakian filmmaker Cheyenne Tan’s short documentary titled St Louis Superman has been nominated for an Oscar at the 92nd Academy Awards.
The film, co-produced by fellow Malaysian Teng Poh Si, was nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject on Monday.
Among others nominated in the category are In The Absence, Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re A Girl), Life Overtakes Me and Walk Run Cha Cha.
The 28-minute documentary was selected from a group of 96.
St Louis Superman, directed by Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan, won several awards at international film festivals last year.
It tells the struggles of 34-year-old Bruce Franks Jr, a Ferguson activist and battle rapper elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2016, which was overwhelmingly white and Republican.
Franks Jr was inspired to enter the political world following a shooting incident involving an unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown Jr, and a white-collar police officer in 2014 that took place at Ferguson, Missouri, near the Franks residence.
He faced many challenges and mental trauma in his mission to pass a Bill pivotal to his community as a Missouri representative.
The 92nd Oscars will be held on Feb 9 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Centre in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network.
The Oscars will also be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
For the complete list of Oscar nominations, check https://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/2020