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Show Me Justice Film Festival Announces Feature Films

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 24, 2014) –  The three feature films have been announced for the 2014 Show Me Justice Film Festival, planned for April 10-12 at the University of Central Missouri.

Fire in the Blood

Opening the festival at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, is Fire in the Blood, a documentary film by Dylan Mohan Gray, narrated by William Hurt. The film tells the story of the improbable group of people who decided to fight back when western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for countries in Africa and the global south in the years after 1996, causing the deaths of more than 10 million people.

Planet Negro

The second feature, Destination: Planet Negro, will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11. The satiric comedy narrative film by Midwestern filmmaker KevinWillmott details the 1939 plan by leaders of the black community to solve the problems of racism and discrimination by leaving Earth and claiming the planet Mars. Their plan is foiled when the pass through a wormhole and end up in a strange world where top entertainers and sports stars—even the President of the United States—are black. Willmott will be in attendance at the festival.

Rags and Tatters

The third film, Rags and Tatters, a narrative film by Egyptian filmmaker Ahmad Abdalla, will be shown at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12. 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. While visiting family and friends from whom he has been separated, he realizes everything about his life has been changed forever.

All three films will be shown in Hendricks Hall.

This is the fourth year for the annual Show Me Justice Film Festival, which this year is being held in conjunction with UCM Social Justice Week. This year’s event will feature a total of 28 films. The festival program includes short features at 7 p.m. each evening prior to the feature films, and three shorts programs comprised of a variety of short documentaries, narratives and experimental-animated films.

The festival also will feature two filmmaker roundtable discussions, college/community film workshops, and a day of high school workshops.

For more information about the Show Me Justice Film Festival, including a full schedule of films, follow the festival at @SMJFilmFestival and Facebook.com/SMJFF.

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 College 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.

Funding for the Show Me Justice Film Festival is provided through a grant from the Missouri Arts Council and private support.