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The Show Me Justice Film Festival

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

2015 Show Me Justice Film Festival Schedule

April 9 & 10, 2015 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri


Wednesday Night - Conviction and Civil Disobedience (6:30pm) Warrensburg Church of the Brethren:

Sister Ardeth Platte (the Dominican nun whose life inspired the TV nun on "Orange is the New Black") and Sister Carol Gilbert will speak about their experiences. They are the subjects of the documentary, Conviction, which will be showing at the Social Justice Film Festival on the UCM campus on Friday, April 10 -7 pm at Hendricks Hall.

Thursday Afternoon - Shorts Program (12:30-1:45pm) Hendricks Hall:

Cotton Dreams
India | Documentary | 14:30
Directed by Sandeep Rampal Balhara
A growing economy and the extensive use of biotechnology have pushed Indian farmers into the world's greatest agrarian crisis. "CottonDreams" delves into the life of one rural Indian family and depicts a tragic tale of love, life, and sacrifice under extreme living conditions.

Like if . . .
Italy | Narrative | 5:00
Directed by Daniele Bonarini
A woman attempting to understand an epidemic is stymied at every turn: by stairs, a broken elevator, and too narrow alleyways. Can her dreams of action become a reality?

USA | Documentary | 11:15
Directed by Cara Myers
"GLOW" tells the story of two women who used their savings and skills to launch Girls Leading Our World, Inc., a nonprofit serving at risk women (ages 18­24) in Kansas City. GLOW emphasizes leadership, positive self­esteem, family cohesiveness and safety, while helping girls transcend their challenging circumstances and build upon their strengths. Produced by Kansas City Women in Film and Television.

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution
USA | Documentary | 15:00
Directed by Matthew Van Dyke
This film depicts the conflict in Syria as experienced by Mowya, a 32 year old rebel commander, and, Nour, a 24 year old female journalist, in Aleppo, Syria. Told through the emotional words of two people whose lives have been torn apart by war, “Not Anymore” shows why Syrians are fighting for their freedom.

The Little Match Girl
Brazil | Animated Narrative | 9:15
by Kyoko Yamashita
A modern retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, a poor, homeless girl struggles to survive and can only escape into her dreams. “The Little Match Girl” illustrates persistent problems found in societies undergoing economic development, divided by economic inequalities.

Slum Dreams
USA/Kenya | Documentary | 11:00
Directed by Brendan Modini
With big dreams to become a journalist and a pilot, two children must find a way to pursue their education in order to achieve their goals. The YCCM (Young County Change­Makers) is an organization in Kisumu, Kenya’s Nyalenda Slum that provides support and guidance to help youth like these reach their full potential. Produced by Actuality Media (

USA Animated/Experimental 3:45
by Nesli Erten
Using animation, “KaraFISTIK” is a celebration of the female body. As part of this celebration, the film depicts how hard it is to ignore societal pressure and love oneself for oneself.

USA | Experimental | 4:37
by Alexander Johnston
This film juxtaposes found footage from Cuban filmmaker Santiago Alvarez's civil rights film NOW! (1965) with contemporary images depicting the ongoing struggle in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. By placing images from 1965 next to those from 2014, the film presents issues of race, violence, and power and how those issues echo through history.

Thursday Evening - Roundtable, Dinner & Reception

Filmmakers Roundtable (3-4:30 PM, Elliott Student Union 237B)

Festival Dinner Gathering (4:30-6PM, Heroes Restaurant & Pub, 107 W. Pine St.)

Opening Reception (6-7PM, Student Recreation and Wellness Center Atrium)

Thursday Night - Features Program (7:00pm) Hendricks Hall

Jessica Walkling
USA | Narrative | 29:00
Directed by Maria Sanders
Two women ­­ one older, single, and pregnant and one young, hungover, and lost­­ embark on a journey through a small town to find a lost cell phone and put together the pieces of the previous night's events.

Unafraid: Voices from the Crime Victims Treatment Center
USA | Documentary | 44:00
Directed by Karin Venegas
Four rape survivors share their stories of trauma, resilience, and activism. Interwoven with the survivors’ stories is a historic look back at Manhattan’s Crime VictimsTreatment Center, founded by two pioneering women at the height of 1970s feminism and where the four contemporary survivors receive counseling. “Unafraid” explores the impact of rape and the capacity of ordinary individuals to effect change.

Living in the Overlap
USA | Documentary | 28:00
Directed by Mary Dalton and Cindy Hill
For over 40 years, Lennie and Pearl have shared a passion for social justice and for each other. Now, the indelible spark of their love inspires many others as they fight for their right to marry in North Carolina.

The Human Experiment
USA | Documentary | 91:00
Directed by Dana Nachman & Don Hardy
This film lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes, and inside of us. Simultaneously, the prevalence of many diseases continues to rise. From Oscar® winner Sean Penn and Emmy® winning journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, The Human Experiment tells the personal stories of people who believe their lives have been affected by chemicals and takes viewers to the front lines as activists go head­to­head with the powerful and well­funded chemical industry. These activists bring to light a corrupt system that’s been hidden from consumers . . . until now.

Friday Afternoon - Shorts Program (12-12:50pm) Hendricks Hall

Two Brothers
Thailand | Narrative | 9:00
Directed by Worrawut Lakchai
Two young brothers cannot see eye to eye on anything. As their father teaches them the absurdity of selfishness, they begin to realise the importance of living together and caring for each other.

Plastic Glory
USA Animated/Experimental 6:00
by Ihab Mardini
It's just a game, and the toy soldiers are just that: toys. But as their war rages on, the viewer must decide if the soldiers are something more.

Food Fight
USA | Documentary | 10:00
Directed by Ejanaii Clayton and Nyzeria Bush
“Food Fight” explores the challenges of eating healthy amidst inner city food deserts. By telling the stories of people who are growing their own food and engaging in the battle for food justice, this film shows us that another way is possible. A YouthFX Documentary work.

I’ve Just Had a Dream
Spain | Narrative | 7:30
Directed by Javi Navarro
Two young girls have each had a dream ­­ one dream is a “nightmare” while the other is not. Both girls inhabit the same world but each sees it very differently.

USA | Narrative | 4:30
Directed by Alejandra Castro
A boy reads a poem about a hard working, blue ant. Meanwhile, his mother attempts to get a job...but then we see that, in some ways, she’s not so different from her son’s blue ant.

Fast and Cheap
Germany | Narrative/Satire | 4:00
Directed by Philipp Glauner
In this faux advertisement, businessman Müller explains the advantages of his company AIT (Android Industrial Technologies) and its products. While Müller praises his androids' efficiency, performance, and their economic advantages in comparison to human workers, we see the reality behind his golden promises.

Kids on Gender
UK | Documentary | 9:15
Directed by Jasmine Pitt
“Kids on Gender” uses childrens’ exploratory minds to challenge the limiting nature of socially constructed gender roles. Through drama, art, and discussion the children explore what gender means to them, express their opinions about gender performance, and analyze gender fluidity.

Friday Afternoon - Activism Open Discussion (2:00pm) Martin 229

Does Religion Call Us to Peacebuilding and Anti-Nuclear Activism? Should it?
Join us for an informal discussion with two Catholic nuns who broke into a missile silo and staged other protests. Their story, told in the film Conviction, is part of the Show Me Justice Film Festival.

Friday Night - Features Program (7:00pm) Hendricks Hall

USA | Documentary | 42:30
Directed by Brenda Truelson Fox
In 2002, three Dominican nuns were arrested and tried for breaking into a Colorado missile silo. “Conviction” describes the women’s motivations and actions as ‘Plowshare Activists,’ entering military sites and performing disarmament actions. The story shows how three radical, non­violent activists are willing to give up their personal freedoms to bring attention to the issue of nuclear armaments.

Inside Story
USA | Documentary | 27:40
Directed by Craig Leake
A theater actress and storyteller goes into Memphis, Tennessee’s women’s prison and teaches inmates how to write the true stories of their lives before they were incarcerated. Their stories form the basis for a review­type performance, allowing the women to connect with both their visitors and the actors who portray them.

Dress Rehearsal for an Execution
Canada | Documentary | 60:00
Directed by Bahman Tavoosi
Since the Pulitzer Prize for journalism was first established, only one winning photograph has ever been anonymous. In 2006, Jahangir Razmi revealed that he photographed the 1979 prize­winning picture: an execution in post­revolution Iran. “A Dress Rehearsal for an Execution” records the process of restaging the photograph, dissecting the role of documentary photography as both art form and social commentary while questioning and highlighting creative licence and political history.