Gonella Productions

Gonella Productions




Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 94th Academy Awards.  Eighty-two films qualified in the category.  Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“A Broken House”
“Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis”
“Coded: The Hidden Love of J. C. Leyendecker”
“Day of Rage”
“The Facility”
“Lead Me Home”
“Lynching Postcards: “Token of a Great Day””
“The Queen of Basketball”
“Sophie & the Baron”
“Terror Contagion”
“Three Songs for Benazir”
“When We Were Bullies”


LANGUAGES: Spanish/English | SUBTITLES: English


Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 14 min
Year of production: 2021


Once a month, along the scorching southern desert border in Arizona, one group of searchers, the Aguilas del Desierto, set out to recover missing loved ones. Once a month these volunteers—construction workers, gardeners, domestic laborers by trade—carry out their solemn task. Águilas poetically lays bare the tragic reality of migrant death by venturing deep into the wilderness of the borderlands.


Production Company: Chuparosa Films
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions


Ely Ortiz
Maricela Ortiz
Vincente Rodriguez
Gerardo Campos
and the Aguilas del Desierto volunteers


Director: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
Co-Director: Maite Zubiaurre
Writers: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Maite Zubiaurre, Nico Sandi
Producers: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Maite Zubiaurre
Director of Photography: David Marquez
Sound: Josh Beddingfield
Editing: Nico Sandi
Sound Editing: Dan Olmstead


Genre: Documentary
Languages: Spanish/English
Country of origin: USA
Year of production: 2021
Total running time: 14 min
Shooting format: HD
Color type: Color
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Sound format: Stereo


1. Big Sky Film Festival 2021, Best Mini Doc
2. SXSW 2021, Documentary Shorts Winner
3. Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival 2021, Best Live Action Short Film
4. 42 Cinefestival San Antonio 2021, Best Documentary Short Film
5. University FIlm and Video Association 2021, Best Documentary Short
6. Nashville Film Festival, Best Documentary Short
7. El Paso Film Festival, Best Documentary Short
8. Home Is Distant Shores Film Festival, Special Award for Documentary Short
9. Charlotte Film Festival, Best Documentary Short
10. DOC LA 2021, Best Director (Short)
11. Centre Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Short Documentary
12. DOC NYC Short List
13. IDA Nomination for Best Short
14. Cinema Eye Honors Nomination for Best Short
15. Oxford International Film Festival, Best Documentary Short


1. Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2021, Best Mini-Doc
2. SXSW Film Festival 2021, Documentary Shorts Winner
3. MountainFilm Festival 2021
4. Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2021
5. Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival 2021, Best Live Action Short Film
6. Sedona International Film Festival 2021
7. Palm Springs Shortfest 2021
8. AFI Docs 2021
9. 42 Cinefestival San Antonio, Best Documentary Short Film
10. Walla Walla Movie Crush 2021
11. Indy Shorts International Film Festival 2021
12. Phoenix Film Festival 2021
13. University Film and Video Association Conference Screening 2021, Best Documentary Short
14. Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) Summerfest 2021
15. Nevada City Film Festival 2021
16. Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POW) 2021
17. New York Latino Film Festival 2021
18. Woodstock Film Festival
19. Nashville Film Festival, Best Documentary Short
20. Immigration Film Festival,
21. Nashville Film Festival, Best Documentary Short
22. San Francisco Latino Film Festival
23. Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
24. Seattle Latino Film Festival
25. Double Exposure Film Festival
26. El Paso Film Festival, Best Documentary Short
27. Home Is Distant Shores Film Festival, Special Award for Documentary Short
28. Immigration Film Festival
29. Charlotte Film Festival, Best Documentary Short
30. DOC LA 2021, Best Director (Short)
31. IDA Documentary Awards Nominee 2021
32. Centre Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Short Documentary
33. Denver Film Festival
34. Still Voices Short Film Festival
35. Cinequest
36. St. Louis International Film Festival
37. Hawai’i International Film Festival
38. 24fps International Short Film Festival
39. Cucalorus
40. DOC NYC, Short List
41. Borders No Borders Film Festival
42. Kendal Mountain Festival
43. Official Latino Film and Arts Festival
44. Oxford International Film Festival, Best Documentary Short
45. Buenos Aires International Documentary Film Festival


KRISTY GUEVARA-FLANAGAN has been making documentary and experimental films for nearly two decades, starting with a 1999 experimental documentary about a blow-up doll. Her first feature-length film, Going on 13 (2009), covers four years in the lives of four adolescent girls; it premiered at Tribeca and was broadcast on PBS. Kristy also produced and directed several short films, including El Corrido de Cecilia Rios (1999) which chronicles the violent death of 15-year-old Cecilia Rios. It was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and subsequently broadcast on the Sundance Channel. Her feature, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2013), traces the evolution and legacy of the comic book hero Wonder Woman as a way to reflect on society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. The film garnered numerous awards, premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival and was broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens in 2013. Her recent short,  What Happened to Her (2016) premiered at the Hot Docs Canadian Film Festival, where it  received an honorable mention for best short. What Happened to Her and her in progress feature documentary, Body Parts,continues her exploration on the themes of gender and representation.  Kristy’s work has been funded by ITVS, the Sundance Institute, the Tribeca Institute, Latino Public Broadcasting and California Humanities. She is now an Associate Professor at UCLA.



MAITE ZUBIAURRE was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and grew up in Germany and Spain. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and is a Professor in the Humanities at UCLA. Before joining UCLA, Maite taught at UT Austin, UNAM (Mexico), ITAM (México), and USC. She is the author of numerous books and articles, and has recently published a co-authored monograph on urban humanities and new practices of reimagining the city (MIT Press), and a book on the cultural uses of contemporary waste that reflects upon urban refuse and upon the archival practices of the personal belongings that migrants leave behind along the US-Mexico border (Vanderbilt UP). She is presently working on a co-authored monograph on cultural representations of migrant death at the US-Mexico border; directing a research team working on a digital “thick” map of the US-Mexico borderlands; and co-writing and co-producing a feature documentary on border art with Emmy-awarded Tijuanan film collective Dignicraft. She is co-PI and core faculty of the Mellon Urban Humanities Initiative, where she teaches border studies and Mexican cultural studies and street art, and co-PI of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on “Sanctuary Spaces: Reworlding Humanism.” Maite Zubiaurre is also  a visual artist and collagist: under the name of Filomena Cruz she has initiated a number of artistic interventions, among them her longstanding  Venice, CA installation “The Wall that Gives/El muro que da.”