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Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Show Me Justice Film Festival, April 9-10, 2015


The Show Me Justice Film Festival

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


Show Me Justice Film Festival
2011 Schedule

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To learn more about this year's judges, click HERE.

Thursday, Oct. 13:

6pm to 7pm: Opening Reception; Student Rec. Center Atrium

    • 7pm to 8:45pm: 1st Feature Film: Hendricks Hall
      • Cultures of Resistance, documentary, 73:00, USA

        Cultures of Resistance

        In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, filmmaker Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, traveling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who have committed their lives to promote change. This is their story. From graffiti and rap in Iran to music in Brazil, Burmese monks and the arts in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Culture of Resistance explores how art and creativity can be the ammunition in the battle for peace and justice ~ Directed by Iara Lee


        • Brushstrokes, animation/experimental, 6:30, USA

          Brushstrokes uses humor to show how contempt is at the heart of prejudice, as it also shows the hurtfulness and ridiculousness of contempt ~ Directed by: Ken Kimmelman

    • 9pm to 11:00pm: 2nd Feature Film: Hendricks Hall
      • The Forgotten Bomb, documentary, 94:00, USA (Q&A w/ Filmmakers afterwards)

        forgotten bomb mushroom  

        When the Cold War ended, worry about nuclear weapons receded. But has the nuclear threat really diminished? In a globe-trotting journey through various perspectives on nuclear weapons, Bud Ryan takes us from the Peace Museums of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to the 'Nuclear Science' museums of the United States; to New Mexico, the place that birthed (and still cares for) the atomic bomb and where Ryan now lives. Featuring former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, authors Gar Alperovitz and Jonathan Schell, Japanese bomb survivors, and many others, The Forgotten Bomb explores our preconceptions about nuclear weapons and their history, investigates how they inform our sense of identity, and discovers what the Bomber can learn from the Bombed ~ Directed by: Stuart Overbey

        • The Cleaning Lady, narrative, 10:00, USA

          Out of the turmoil following Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, comes the story of an ordinary woman made a prisoner of circumstances beyond her control ~ Directed by: Tom Brandau

Friday, Oct. 14:

    • 10:30am to 12:00pm: Festival Lunch Gathering; Heroes Restaurant – 107 W. Pine St., downtown Warrensburg

    • 12:30pm to 2:30pm: Shorts Program A – Coping, Stealing, & Love; Elliott Union Ballroom
      • Eugenio, narrative, 15:00, Puerto Rico

        Shortly after his ninth birthday, Eugenio awakens one morning to a surprise: a full-grown mustache. Surviving mockery and embarrassment, Eugenio moves forward while discovering the origin of his condition and finding his place in the world ~ Directed by Jacobo Concepcion

      • Trailing Dirt, narrative, 17:00, United Kingdom

        Two boys in 1980s West Yorkshire are pushed by the need to create something beautiful in their down-trodden world. As they tenderly work, they gradually unpick a family secret. An extraordinary story…from an ordinary place ~ Directed by Richard Cousins

      • Night Ride, narrative, 9:30, Australia

        Four boys from culturally diverse backgrounds, socialized in Australia, have each experienced their fair share of racism and are repeating the cycle by becoming the victimizers themselves. Everything changes, though, when the boys go cruising, searching for fun with nothing else to do. It all turns to tragedy on one rainy night ~ Directed by Barry Gamba

      • Police Tape, documentary, 25:40, USA

        This film chronicles the role police recordings have played in holding officers accountable. Today, while prosecutors in at least three states have tried to make recording the police a felony, dozens of police departments across the country are adding cameras to their officers' uniforms to record every single stop. But whether the public will ever see any evidence of police abuse captured by these cameras is unclear ~ Directed by John Wolf

      • Finding Kalman, documentary, 28:45, France, USA

        Anna, a charismatic Holocaust survivor, inspires her family to connect to relatives they never met. Anna’s daughter, an artist, devours Anna’s stories of her brother Kalman and paints his portrait over and over again. As his face emerges on canvas, the film travels back and forth in time from life before World War II to now. Four generations find light even in the darkest places–and so many reasons to go on ~ Directed by Lauri Weisman & Roz Jacobs

      • All You Need is Love, narrative, 17:30, Brazil, Italy

        In a sort of rite of passage, Sergio needs to summon the courage to shoot his first victim in order to gain his gang’s respect. This urban fable tells its story through rap without rage, and speaks of social prejudice with a taste of fresh poetry remembering that reality does not always correspond to appearances ~ Directed by Wagner Depintor

    • 3:00pm to 4pm: Filmmakers Roundtable Discussion, hosted by Kevin Willmott; Elliott Union 237A

    • 4pm to 5:30pm: Dinner Break

    • 5:30pm to 8pm: Shorts Program B – Refraining from Silence; Elliot Union Ballroom
      • The Crocodile’s Wife, animation/experimental, 7:30, Australia

        The Crocodile's Wife grows resentful of an ever-cheerful monkey, a newcomer to the riverbank. Her husband arranges for the two to meet, confident she will see the error of her judgment—but will she? ~ Directed by Jody Cleaver

      • The King’s Garden, documentary, 25:20, USA

        In Silwan, the apple of discord is the City of David, an archaeological site where the oldest finds in Jerusalem have been unearthed. Whoever controls the site controls the village and, more importantly, its history. “The King's Garden” chronicles the uneasy—and often bloody—relationship between archaeology, history, and nationalism in present-day Jerusalem ~ Directed by Phoebe Fronista

      • We Shall Not Be Moved, documentary, 11:00, USA

        Over several months, college students from Fisk University and other schools staged a very well-organized, non-violent protest at downtown lunch counters. The protests caught the city's white establishment off-guard and culminated in the mayor agreeing to end lunch counter segregation. It was just the first step in ending segregation in all facets of life throughout the city and it inspired similar movements throughout the South ~ Directed by Dave Porfiri and Linda Duvoisin

      • Rap Arabe, documentary, 52:00, Canada
        Rap Arabe

        Numerous artists, three countries, a single language Arabic, and a single style hip hop. From Casablanca to Aleppo, young voices are being heard through rap. Painting a clear eyed portrait of the societies of their roots, these youths strive to bridge the gap between east and west, tradition and modernity, determined to be heard come what may ~ Directed by Bachi Bensaddek

      • Leh Wi Tok, documentary, 40:00, USA

        “Leh Wi Tok” (Let Us Talk) focuses on radio pioneer Andrew Kromah and his efforts to grow an independent network of community-based radio stations in his home country of Sierra Leone. Amidst flagrant and persistent political harassment, financial and technical woes, Andrew literally puts his life on the line to bring information to his listeners and offer a platform to disparate and often unheard voices ~ Directed by John Lavall

    • 8:15pm to 10:30pm: 3rd Feature Film: Hendricks Hall
      • Ash, narrative , 98:00, USA (Q&A w/ Filmmaker afterwards)

        Dan McBurney is an ex-cop and devoted family man hiding a dark and painful. When he learns that a child-abductor lives in the house across from his storage facility, Dan’s haunted past begins to open, vigilantism begins to take hold, and his world unravels. A man willing to risk losing what he loves most in order to redeem that which he has already lost, Dan embodies what can happen when the collective pain of child abduction finds expression in a one person ~ Directed by: Tom Geraty

        • Heaven Garden, narrative, 15:00, Brazil

          When he is robbed, Sao Paulo workman Tamar decides to kill the thief but his revenge does not go as planned, leaving Tamar only his own thoughts and doubts ~ Directed by: Ari Candidos

Saturday, Oct. 15:

    • 10am to 11:30 a.m.: Festival Brunch Gathering ~ Cafe Blackadder, 121 S. Holden St., downtown Warrensburg (seating limited!)

    • Noon to 2:30pm: Shorts Program C – Crime . . . Punishment . . . Forgiveness. Nahm Auditorium
      • Un Fils, narrative, 20:00, Canada

        Psychologist Sebastien Huberdeau pushes a young boy to tell why he wanted to commit suicide. What he discovers will go beyond his expectations ~ Directed by Andre Gaumond

      • Bystander, narrative, 16:10, USA

        Dillon Maynard finds the courage to ask out someone who is quite possibly the love of his life but soon realizes that their views on a particular cultural prejudice are dissimilar. Meanwhile, a couple must face the emotional and physical prejudices of society. When their stories collide, Dillon must choose between his lover, his friends, and his conscience ~ Directed by Kevin Wu

      • Good Things Are Always Happening, documentary, 3:00, USA

        Steve Ledoux and Mark Becktold consider themselves marriage pioneers since they legally married in California before Prop. 8 passed. Here, they share their story and testify to the importance marriage equality holds in their lives. Since they met, good things are always happening. ~ Directed by Steve Ledoux

      • I Want to Call Her Stacey, animation/experimental, 9:30, Australia

        This beautifully animated short follows the perspective of an unborn child developing in the womb. From the first sparks of her existence, all the joys of her young life are threatened by growing tension between her parents. Stacey's journey is helplessly influenced by the choices and actions of others, until Stacey herself is under threat ~ Directed by Alana Mirelle Orth; Animation by Zachary Bavas

      • Two to Six, narrative, 11:00, USA

        The portrayal of a rape survivor's adversity as she copes with her memories and emotional fallout, followed by a few words from the two men who made the film ~ Directed by Rubayet Hossain

      • Molasses, narrative, 10:30, USA

        In 1930s Missouri, a young boy takes the family's sorghum to the mill to be made into molasses. On the trip he overhears plans for an upcoming dance and discovers that people are still stuck on both sides of the Civil War ~ Directed by Eric Forno

      • Karma Code, narrative, 10:00, India

        Manu, a young Indian, has just 2 weeks before he leaves to a new life. Before leaving, he wants to clean the slate. But his past as an arrogant gangster confronts him within ~ Directed by Vinod Bharathan

      • June Gloom, narrative, 13:45, USA

        A short, yet potent look at a man's journey home from prison as he faces the problems he left behind. This film reveals how delicate one's life can be when starting over in a world that doesn't want you ~ Directed by Attila Adam

      • In Your Hands, documentary, 58:00, USA

        In Your Hands
        This film takes the viewer on a personal journey with Kim, a 25 year old white female, and Xavier, a 29 year old black man, as they struggle with their new found freedom from prison. Watching Kim and Xavier fight the system and their own inner demons, challenges us to examine our own lives. What would we do walking in their shoes and why should we care? ~ Directed by Jane Pittman

    • 2:30 to 3:00pm: Meet the Short Filmmakers Break; Elliott Union 237A

    • 3:30pm to 5:30pm: Shorts Program D – War & Peace; Nahm Auditorium
      • Transcend, animation/experimental, 2:15, Cypress, United Kingdom

        A businessman is torn between his thirst for fuel and his daughter’s future ~ Directed by Alexander Paul Andreou

      • Coexist, documentary, 40:00, USA, Rwanda

        This film tells the emotional stories of women who survived the 1994 Rwandan genocide. They continue to cope with their losses as the killers who created this trauma return from prison. Faced with these perpetrators on a daily basis, the victims must decide whether or not they can forgive. Their decisions are unfathomable to many, and speak to a humanity that has survived the worst violence imaginable. ~ Directed by Adam Mazo

      • Home, narrative, 13:10, Albania

        An Albanian family prepares for the homecoming of their son who went overseas in search of a better life. His arrival unexpectedly marks the beginning of a new and difficult chapter in their lives ~ Directed by Kast Hasa

      • This is Where We Take Our Stand, documentary, 60:00, USA

        We follow three veterans of Iraq and/or Afghanistan (each with more than 9 years in service) for 6 weeks as they organize with Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Winter Soldier Investigation of their generation. The film then turns to the testimony of veterans testifying at a three-day forum held on the 5th anniversary of the Iraq invasion. It is a powerful experience of patriotic courage and human trauma revealed as men and women take personal responsibility for the terror that made so many overseas victims of US policies ~ Directed by Bestor Cram, David Zeiger and Mike Majoros

        Q&A w/"This is Where We Take Our Stand" co-director/editor to follow

    • 5:30pm to 7pm: Dinner Break

    • 7pm to 9pm: 4th Feature Film: Hendricks Hall
      •  Vegucated, documentary, 75:00, USA (Q&A w/ filmmaker)


        A guerrilla-style documentary, Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether the solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before. But can their convictions carry them through when times get tough? Vegucated showcases the rapid and, at times, comedic evolution of three people trying to change in a culture that seems dead set against it ~ Directed by: Marisa Miller Wolfson

        • Well? Experimental/animation, 10:00, USA

          Well? examines how little we understand our most intimate relationships, whether in marriage or in the culture of terrorism ~ Directed by: Steve Bull and Terese Svoboda

    • 9pm-10:45pm: 5th Feature Film: Hendricks Hall
      • Fambol Tok, documentary, 82:00, USA (Q&A w/ Board Member of Fambol Tok International)

        Fambol Tok

        Victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone's brutal civil war come together for the first time in an unprecedented program of tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies. Through reviving their ancient practice of fambul tok (family talk), Sierra Leoneans are building sustainable peace at the grass-roots level—succeeding where the international community's efforts failed. Filled with lessons for the West, this film explores the depths of a culture that believes true justice lies in redemption and healing for individuals—and that forgiveness is the surest path to restoring dignity and building strong communities ~ Directed by: Sara Terry

        • Natural Tendency, experimental/animation, 6:15, USA

          Using only found footage, Natural Tendency explores the portrayal of women in televised media and the logic behind it ~ Directed by Elizabeth Welch

      • Awards Ceremony, immediately following last film; Hendricks Hall

        Sunday, Oct. 16:

          • 9am to Noon: Informal Breakfast/Lunch gathering for festival goers/filmmakers – Zen Blenderz, 705 N. Burkarth Rd., (opens at 7am every morning)