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      2015 21m Drama War List
      Reviews 81% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Two boys endure hardship as war engulfs Kosovo in 1998. Read More Read Less

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      Jennie Kermode Eye for Film This tale is carried admirably by young leads Lum Veseli and Andi Bajgora. Rated: 4/5 Feb 22, 2016 Full Review Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews Nominee for Oscar Best Live Action Short 2016 Rated: A- Jan 28, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Uncomfortably predictable, this chapter of eastern european warfare is best examined through thought, not "shok". However, the film's effective execution makes it worth including on your "short" list. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/19/16 Full Review Audience Member The Oscar-nominated live action short that I thought would win because out of the three other "important" and topical films, "Shok (Friend)" seems the least agenda-driven while still telling a very political story. Most of the films deal with culture shock or "big issues": an Afghan-American woman joins the military as an interpreter, but then has to deliver a baby on her first day because of Islam's tradition of modesty; an Israeli couple accidentally crash into a West Bank convent, and the nuns begrudgingly break Sabbath to help them; a German film about a quietly unhinging father who takes his daughter out for a fun a photo booth and then a passport bureau in an attempt to flee the country with her to avoid further custody battles. All the short films are good, but "Shok," the longest one at twenty minutes, has enough time to fully develop a bitter, violent, and traumatic tale about the Kosovo War through the eyes of two adolescent boys, who also give the most disarmingly strong performances. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the most incredible films I have ever seen. 21 minutes long. First film out of Kosovo/Albania to be nominated for the Academy Award! It won every award during the season but lost the Oscar!!! Absolutely robbed!!! Anyone with Cablevision/Versizon (that's most of us) must go On Demand/Movies/Short Films and watch this masterpiece!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member what you would do to take it all back Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member "Shok" (Kosovo-United Kingdom, 21 min.) - Two young Albanian boys who are best friends try to better their lives in Serb-dominated Kosovo in 1998 during the Kosovo War. One of them saves his money and buys a bike that he may have trouble holding on to and the other is trying to make some money dealing with Serbian soldiers. As each boy gets caught up in the activities of the other, they discover that their greatest accomplishment will be simply to survive to adulthood. This film is a heart-breaking and haunting look at the toll that war and sectarian strife take on even its most innocent victims. "A" Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Two boys endure hardship as war engulfs Kosovo in 1998.
      Jamie Donoughue
      Eshref Durmishi
      Jamie Donoughue
      Drama, War
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 2, 2017