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Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Show Me Justice Film Festival, April 10-12, 2014


The Show Me Justice Film Festival

Martin Bldg., Room 126
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Mark von Schlemmer, Ph.D, Festival Director
Phone: 660.543.4364


Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 4th Annual Show Me Justice Film Festival a success!

Meet the Jury Panel


Short Narrative Film

Sponsored by the Department of Communication and Sociology


Directed by Nicholas Greene


Short Documentary Film

Sponsored by the International Center


Directed by Ahmed Abdelnasser


Short Experimental or Animated Film

Sponsored by the Department of Art & Design


Directed by Trent Coffin


Feature or Short Feature Film

Sponsored by George and Leah Wilson


Directed by Douglas A. McCann



Audience Award for Feature or Short Feature Film

Sponsored by George and Leah Wilson


Directed by Kevin Willmott



The 4th Annual show Me Justice Film Festival

April 10 - 12, 2014

University of Central Missouri campus

Warrensburg, Missouri

Daily schedule of workshops, filmmaker roundtables, and other events here

Thursday, April 10th, Workshop Series information here

Our opening night film – April 10, 2014, at 8:30 pm in Hendricks Hall:

Sponsored by UCM's President's Commission on the Status of Women

FIRE IN THE BLOODFire in the Blood

A documentary film by Dylan Mohan Gray, narrated by William Hurt.

(USA, 84 minutes, English)

An intricate tale of 'medicine, monopoly and malice', FIRE IN THE BLOOD tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 - causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths -and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.

Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Joseph Stiglitz, FIRE IN THE BLOOD is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop 'the Crime of the Century' and save million of lives in the process. As the film makes clear, however, this story is by no means over. With dramatic past victories having given way to serious setbacks engineered far from public view, the real fight for access to life-saving medicine is almost certainly just beginning.


Planet NegroScheduled for 8 pm, Friday, April 11, 2014 in Hendricks Hall:


A Narrative Film by Kevin Willmott

(USA, 98 minutes) Filmmaker will be in attendance at the festival

In 1939, leaders of the Black community in America come up with a secret solution to the problems of racism and discrimination – leave the planet! They launch a rocketship with three astronauts – the intrepid Professor Avery; his beautiful and intelligent daughter Beneatha; and crack test pilot "Race" Johnson – to claim the planet Mars. Will these brave explorers make it to "Planet Negro"? What lies on the other side of the wormhole they fall into on the way? Find out, in this new black (and Black!) comedy from Kevin Willmott (CSA: The Confederate States of America, The Only Good Indian).

For more info and to see a trailer:


Scheduled for 8 pm, Saturday, April 12, 2014 in Hendricks Hall:Rags & Tatters


A Narrative Film by Ahmad Abdalla

(Egypt, 87 minutes, sparse dialogues, subtitled in English)

After escaping years of incarceration, a nameless man tries to find his way home in a Cairo turned upside down by the protests of the Jan 25 Egyptian Revolution. As he revisits the family and country he has been separated from for so long, he finds that everything about life as he knew it has irrevocably changed.

Read the whole story at


Daily schedule of other films is here

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Map of campus with Elliott Union (workshops and roundtables) and Hendricks Hall (films shown) here

In coordination with    

   Social Justice Week AND

   The Foreign Language Film Festival for high school students


The Show Me Justice Film Festival is an international film festival that brings films from around the world to the Midwest to showcase the theme of social justice. The festival is coordinated by the Collge of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at UCM in cooperation with the Department of Communication and Sociology. The films selected for festival compete for prizes based on their artistic competence, creativity, and exploration of the festival theme as judged by the distinguished Show Me Justice Festival Jury.



Sponsored in part by:
The Pitch
Gelbach Manor
KMOS Office of Student Activities