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Sixth Annual Show Me Justice Film Festival Planned for April 7-8 at UCM

By Mike Greife, March 17, 2016

WARRENSBURG, MO – Films from around the world will be featured at the sixth annual Show Me Justice Film Festival April 7-8 at the University of Central Missouri.

Films selected for the festival come from Sweden, Canada, Poland, Iran, Italy, Cuba, Ukraine, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and address issues ranging from gender and sexuality to civil disobedience and race relations in America and around the world. Presented in documentary, narrative, animated and experimental formats, the two-day program of films is open to the public.

The festival opens with a program of short films from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Thursday in Hendricks Hall. On Thursday evening, the festival continues at 6:30 p.m. in Hendricks Hall. Featured films include:

  • Honorio Two Minutes of Sun, an animated short directed by Paco Gisbert and Paqui Ramirez. An elderly man living in a big city wants to feel the sun, but the tall buildings and pollution do not make it easy.
  • Evangelicals for Climate Action, a documentary directed by Sam Kauffman, introduces a group actively working for environmental change, framing their work through their passion for the environment, fears for our planet, love for creation, and Christian evangelical beliefs.
  • Crying Earth Rise Up, a documentary directed by Suree Towfighnia, tells the story of the impact of uranium mining on the water, land, and people of the Great Plains. When Debra White Plume’s drinking water shows high levels of radiation, she sets out to determine the cause and what can be done about it.

The Friday afternoon shorts program begins is planned for noon to 12:00 p.m. in Hendricks Hall, followed by the evening program at 7 p.m. in Hendricks Hall. Featured films include:

  • Then Then Then, a documentary directed by Daniel Schioler, blends found footage and music. Then Then Then looks at the moral struggles of a generation coming to terms with its attempts to affect social change through both pacifism and direct action.
  • I Dream of an Omaha Where..., a documentary directed by Mele Mason. Omaha is adangerous city for African American youths, largely because of widespread gang violence. This film shares the stories of those who participated in gang violence and those whom gang violence has tragically affected.

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. The films selected for the festival compete for prizes based on their artistic competence, creativity, and exploration of the festival theme.

For a full schedule of the short films programs, visit ShowMeJusticeFilmFestival.com.

Financial support for the Show Me Justice Film Festival is provided in part by the Missouri Arts Council.

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