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Show Me Justice Film Festival Announces Program of International Films

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 12, 2011) – Five feature films will lead an program of international works that will be presented at the Show Me Justice Film Festival 2011, planned for Oct. 13-15 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri.

“I’m thrilled with the sensational films we have to share with the festival audience,” said Mark von Schlemmer, festival director and assistant professor of communication at UCM. “These are important films about a wide variety of social justice issues that affect every one of us in one way or another. They are entertaining and eye-opening as well as meaningful, and I can’t wait to share them with the students, the community, and people throughout the country that come to town for the festival.”

Von Schlemmer also noted that the community and the university had come together to put the festival together, and they plan to continue to make it an annual event in Warrensburg.

Feature films, all of which will be shown in Hendricks Hall, include:

  • “Cultures of Resistance,” directed by Iara Lee, 7 to 8:45 p.m., Thursday, Oct 13, a film journey into the causes of contemporary war and conflict around the world and an impassioned meditation on the apocalyptic problems facing humanity at this critical juncture of the history of mankind
  • “The Forgotten Bomb,” directed by Stuart Overbey, who will be in attendance, 9 to 11 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13,  a look at the threat of nuclear war following the end of the Cold War and the world’s prospects for living in a nuclear-free society.
  • “Ash,” directed by Tom Geraty, who will be in attendance, 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, the story of an ex-cop, husband and father of two boys who turned vigilante when he discovers that recent child abductor lives across the street from his storage facility.
  • “Vegucated,” directed by Marisa Miller Wolfson, who will be in attendance, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, a guerilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for three weeks.
  • “Fambol Tok,” directed by Sara Terry, 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15. 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. A board member of Fambol Tok International will be in attendance.

The feature films are part of a three day program that includes shorts films from Albania, Puerto Rico, England, Australia, France, Brazil, Italy, Canada, India, Rwanda and the United States. Throughout the three-day festival, short films will be shown in the Elliott Union ballroom and the Laura J. Nahm Auditorium in conjunction with feature films. Short films will be grouped into programs under the titles of Coping, Stealing and Love; Refraining from Silence; Crime, Punishment and Forgiveness and War and Peace.

Festival events also include an opening reception, festival lunch gathering, a filmmaker’s roundtable discussion, and opportunity to meet the filmmakers. Festival awards will be presented following the 9 p.m. Saturday feature film in Hendricks Hall. A full program is available online.

Tickets for single films and short film programs are available only at the door. Single film tickets for the evening feature films are $10 or $3 for students. Non-students may pay the student rate and students will be admitted free with the donation of two canned goods.

Admission to the Friday and Saturday short programs is $5 or free for students with a valid ID. Non students will be admitted free with the donation of two canned goods. Those with military ID and senior citizens may pay the student rate.

An all-festival pass is available through the Performing Arts Series box office in Administration 100, online, or at the festival.