Show Me Justice Film Festival
Announcing Our Three Feature Films to be presented at the 4th Annual Show Me Justice Film Festival!
Our opening night film – April 10, 2014, at 8:30 pm in Hendricks Hall:
FIRE 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.
Scheduled for 8 pm, Friday, April 11, 2014 in Hendricks Hall:
DESTINATION: PLANET NEGRO!
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: http://www.planetnegro.com
Scheduled for 8 pm, Saturday, April 12, 2014 in Hendricks Hall:
RAGS AND 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 athttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/22/rags-and-tatters-egyptian-film_n_4324630.html
Daily schedule of other films is here
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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.
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