2018 Show Me Justice Film Festival

April 4-6, 2018

Univ. of Central Missouri

About the Festival

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 the University of Central Missouri 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.

The Show Me Justice Film Festival strives to raise awareness about social justice. Through the powerful medium of film, our goal is to inspire individuals and communities toward collective action against social injustices such as racism, sexism, poverty, substance abuse and other ills that infiltrate society and suppress democratic movements throughout the world. Filmmakers from around the globe are encouraged to submit short feature films (30 to 60 minute), and short narrative, experimental, animated, and documentary films that put a face on the many shades of social injustice and offer a variety of real experiences by sharing their stories.

Email the Show Me Justice Film Festival at filmfest@ucmo.edu.

Film Screenings

Wednesday Evening (7:00pm—Hendricks Hall)

A futbol coach bounces a ball against a backdrop of a colorful mural.

Image from Futbolistas 4 Life, playing during Wednesday's Evening Program

Wednesday Early Evening Program begins at 7:00pm in Hendricks Hall.

An Affair on the Nueces

USA, Documentary, 15 minutes
Directed by Jeffrey Harland

In 1862, a group of German immigrants fled Texas for Mexico to avoid conscription into the confederate army. This film looks at the often overlooked history of immigrant resistance to slavery in the United States.


USA, Documentary, 56 minutes
Directed by Enang Wattimena

While researching a family photo, Wattimena learns about his great-great-grandmother and about a darker side of colonialism.

Wednesday Feature Program begins at 7:45pm in Hendricks Hall.

The Other Way

USA, Documentary, 9 minutes
Directed by Joshua Marks

Tankarpata, Peru has a traditional school, but the after-school program CooperarPeru encourages children to explore their own interests and creativity. CooperarPeru strives to develop each child’s potential, as well as promote the overall health of the community.


Spain, Narrative, 19 minutes
Directed by Iván Sáinz-Pardo

Nine-year-old Ainhoa’s life is upended by Spain’s market crisis, which forced people out of their homes. Follow Ainhoa as she sets out to right the wrongs done to her family.

Futbolistas 4 Life

USA, Documentary, 39 minutes
Directed by Jun Stinson

At an Oakland high school, teens from immigrant families take solace in soccer, which lets them, if only for a moment, put their worries on the sidelines. This film sheds light on the overwhelming stress experienced by immigrant youth living in at risk communities and in fear of federal immigration policies.

Thursday Morning

Two men in orange uniforms converse.

Image from America; I too, playing during Thursday's Morning Program

America; I too (10:00am—Martin 125)

USA, Narrative, 20 minutes
Directed by Anike Tourse

This film follows three immigrants who are arrested, detained, and trying to navigate the system and prevent their deportation. Each immigrant’s story is based on real testimonies and experiences.

A Simpler Way (11:00am—Wood 100)

USA, Documentary, 26 minutes
Directed by Michael O. Snyder

WaterSchool teaches people how to use the sun to create safe drinking water. This film follows four university students from the US to remote rural Uganda where they work with WaterSchool and discover the importance of simple solutions to urgent global problems.

A River Film (11:30am)

Canada, Documentary, 38 minutes
Directed by Jiri Bakala

Humans in both the US and Canada use the Okanagan River in many ways. This film tells the story of the complex relationship between, people, wildlife, the River, and the larger environment.

Thursday Afternoon (12:30—Hendricks Hall)

People in period costumes gather to look at something.

Image from Clash, playing during Thursday's Afternoon Program

American Psychosis

USA, Documentary, 14 minutes
Directed by Amanda Zackem

This short film provides a brief look at modern consumerism, totalitarian corporate power, and living in a culture dominated by illusion.

Amazonia Dammed

United Kingdom, Documentary, 14 minutes
Directed by Ada Bodjolie

This film tells the story of the Munduruku people’s urgent struggle to protect the heart of the Amazon against one of the largest mega-dam projects on earth.


USA, Narrative, 4 minutes
Directed by Sherrie Quannea

This film highlights the growing epidemic of police violence against people of color, the feelings surrounding these deaths, and the need for action and change.


United Kingdom, Documentary, 7 minutes
Directed by Amrou Al-Kadhi

Using the perspectives of underrepresented queer people of color, this film explores how popular period-dramas erase the diversity of today’s Britain.

Remember everything, to not forget anyone

Italy, Documentary, 2 minutes
Directed by Directed by Enrico Chiarugi

On October 3, 3012, over 500 emigrants drowned while attempting to reach Europe. Italian Marco Pietrantuo learned the victims’ names so that they will always be remembered.

Blood Island

United Kingdom, Documentary, 12 minutes
Directed by Lindsey Parietti

On an island deep in Liberia’s jungles, US medical researchers captured, bred, and infected with hepatitis in order to find a cure. Begun in the 1970s the medical experiment took dark turns over the following decades. This film tells the story of the chimpanzees, their captors, and the humans still fighting to save them.


Italy, Documentary, 8 minutes
Directed by Giovanni Coda

On April 20, 2017, police officer Xavier Jugelé was killed during a terrorist attack in Paris. His death left behind broken dreams and pain, but also the belief that tolerance and dialogue are the only ways forward.

The Weigh Station: Bear Hunting in Florida

USA, Documentary, 4 minutes
Directed by Joe Brown

In 2015, Florida reinstated bear hunting for the first time in over twenty years. This film observes a weigh station during the controversial hunt.

Marketed Collecting

Lithuania / Netherlands, Animation, 4 minutes
Directed by Daukantė Subačių

Do you question rampant commercialism? Watch late-night ads for items meant to solve problems you never knew you had? Does this short have the goods for you!

Thursday Evening (Hendricks Hall)

A pair of men in uniform sit on a curb.

Image from Service to Man, playing during Thursday's Evening Program

The Man Behind the Merferds (7:00pm)

USA, Documentary, 35 minutes
Directed by Josh Herum

Missourian Phil Berwick uses his art to bring a message of love, hope, and peace to some of the darkest areas of St. Louis.

Service to Man (7:45pm)

USA, Narrative, 92 minutes
Directed by Aaron Greer and Seth Panitch

In 1967, for two students – one white and Jewish and the other African American – only one medical school will do: Nashville’s legendary all-black Meharry. There they are forced to work together to battle the mysteries of medicine, demanding professors, parental pressures, and each other in order to become healers in service to man.

Friday Afternoon (11:30am—Hendricks Hall)

A woman in a colorful skirt sits beside an intersection.

Image from Little Rebel, playing during Friday's Shorts Program

An Accidental Drowning

USA, Documentary, 6 minutes
Directed by Matteo Servente

On April 28, 1939, Jesse Lee Bond was lynched in Arlington, TN. However, the official cause of death was: accidentally drowned.

Two by 4

USA, Animation, 5 minutes
Directed by Ian Bondurant

On its first day of school a young tree must contend with peer pressure and conformity.

Birdnest Hair

Australia, Experimental, 4 minutes
Directed by Matthew Hsu

This music video presents a quirky celebration of strong women and scrappy optimists.

Arrested (Again)

USA, Documentary, 9 minutes
Directed by Dan Goldes

Karen Topakian uses nonviolent civil disobedience to protest war, environmental issues, nuclear proliferation, and human rights abuses – and she’s been arrested dozens of times. This film asks, why does she do repeatedly put her body on the line?

Little Rebel

US, Documentary, 7 minutes
Directed by Aimie Vallat and Guido Ronge

Originally from Gambia, Isatou Jallow sought asylum in the USA. While creating a new life here, Jallow continuously advocates for women, asylees, and those with physical disabilities.

Twenty Years After

US, Narrative, 10 minutes
Directed by Catharine Lin

A man just released from prison attempts to reconnect with family, but finds it difficult to fit into a changed world. However, connections can occur unexpectedly and in surprising ways.

A Letter from Leticia

Argentina, Animation, 3 minutes
Directed by Irene Blei

From 1976-1983 thousands of Argentinians were “disappeared” by the military dictatorship in power – including 17-year-old Leticia Veraldi. When her parents sent her from Buenos Aires to Cipolletti for her own safety, Leticia wrote letters to her former school mates.

Le Quinze Mai à Paris

France, Experimental, 10 minutes
Directed by Janek Ambros

This film juxtaposes images of Paris on May 15, 2016 with a narrator telling the story of Paris, May 15, 1848.


USA, Narrative, 6 minutes
Directed by Nicole Harris

While playing sheriff with his sister, a boy tries to protect his mother from her abusive boyfriend—whatever it takes.


Panel Discussion: Women in Film