National Geographic Documentary Films is streaming its first-ever documentary shorts, Lost and Found and The Nightcrawlers, online for free beginning today.
Both short films have played in numerous festivals around the U.S. since their announcement earlier this fall, with the digital launch exponentially expanding their consumer availability. The films are currently available and began streaming at 9 a.m.
Lost and Found, directed by Academy Award-winner Orlando von Einsiedel (The White Helmets, Virunga), is a story of humanity and heroism in the world’s largest refugee camp in Myanmar. It follows Kamal Hussein, a Rohingya refugee who has dedicated his life to reuniting children with their parents.
The Nightcrawlers follows a determined group of photojournalists on their mission to chronicle the deadly battle being waged against the Philippines’ drug epidemic. Directed 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 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 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.
“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, executive VP 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.”