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Saturday, November 10 at 4:00pm

In July 1967, Detroit experienced one of America’s most violent civil disturbances. To tell that story in an emblematic way, this film — produced by the Detroit... Read more

Sunday, November 11 at 4:00pm

A first-rate film biography of 10-term congressman Norman Mineta, “An American Story” is also a well-wrought indictment of the woeful treatment of persons of... Read more

Sunday, November 11 at 4:00pm

In 1989, 17-year-old Kelli Hall was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in St. Charles by Jeffrey Ferguson and an accomplice. Ferguson was eventually caught and... Read more

Tuesday, November 6 at 6:00pm

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far removed from the pressures of modern life... Read more

Saturday, November 10 at 6:30pm

Black memorabilia continues to exert a problematic appeal, especially the putatively kitschy but undeniably offensive items that indulge in the most egregious kinds... Read more

Thursday, November 8 at 7:00pm

“Boom for Real” tells the story of how New York City in the late 1970s formed the artist that the teenage Jean-Michel Basquiat eventually became. Using never-before... Read more

Saturday, November 10 at 7:30pm

“Capturing the Flag” chronicles the efforts of three old friends — Laverne Berry, Steven Miller, and Claire Wright — who in the fall of 2016 travel from New York to... Read more

Sunday, November 11 at 8:00pm

The festival concludes with a free closing-night party at the Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall. The fest’s prize-winning films are announced, and... Read more

Saturday, November 3 at 7:30pm

“The Color of Medicine” traces the rise and fall of St. Louis’ premier black hospital, Homer G. Phillips, which at one point in time trained the largest number of... Read more

Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm

Amid a landmark class-action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, “Crime + Punishment” chronicles the real lives and struggles of a group of black and Latino... Read more

Saturday, November 3 at 7:00pm

“Day One” follows a group of teens from war zones in the Middle East and Africa as they are resettled in St. Louis and enrolled at Nahed Chapman New American... Read more

Friday, November 2 at 7:00pm
Saturday, November 10 at 7:00pm

Why did a 90-year-old grandmother and housewife die from a rare form of cancer whose only cause is exposure to asbestos? The answer: asbestos dust on the clothes of... Read more

Friday, November 2 at 5:00pm

A collection that demonstrates animation isn't just for fiction.

Sunday, November 11 at 6:30pm

A diverse chorus of black voices addresses subjects both local and national.

Monday, November 5 at 5:00pm

A program that focuses on interpersonal conflict and the harrowing situations that families often face.

Friday, November 9 at 5:00pm

Despite the challenges of disability or illness, the subjects of these films carry on and thrive.

Sunday, November 11 at 6:30pm

A look back at those who dared to be out and proud in the past and who fought for LGTBQ lives.

Tuesday, November 6 at 5:00pm

A look at lives and events far from home.

Wednesday, November 7 at 5:00pm

A collection of films from graduates of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri.

Thursday, November 8 at 5:00pm

A program that spotlights women who stand up and help other women.

Sunday, November 11 at 1:00pm

In the early 1900s, an African-American man named Reverend M.J. Divine — the son of emancipated slaves — began a religious movement that would reach more than a... Read more

Saturday, November 3 at 1:00pm

“A Girl Named C” addresses one of the most pervasive and taboo subjects in the United States — child sexual assault. One in three girls before the age of 18 is... Read more

Sunday, November 11 at 1:00pm

In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France as telephone operators to help win the Great War. Like Joan of Arc before them, they wanted to save... Read more

Saturday, November 10 at 3:30pm

With the International Documentary Association, SLIFF co-presents an entry in the IDA’s signature Conversation Series, which hosts discussions with prominent... Read more

Saturday, November 3 at 6:00pm

During the heyday of drive-in movies — from the 1950s through the ’70s — St. Louisans flocked to outdoor theaters such as the 66 Park-in, the Airway Twin, and the... Read more

Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm

“Intelligent Lives” corrects the misconceptions that many hold about people with intellectual disabilities — a population that is perhaps the most systematically... Read more

Monday, November 5 at 6:00pm

The Okavango River Basin provides a vital source of water to about 1 million people, the world’s largest population of African elephants, and significant... Read more

Saturday, November 3 at 12:00pm

“Inventing Tomorrow” follows six young scientists from Indonesia, Hawaii, India, and Mexico as they tackle some of the most complex environmental issues facing... Read more

Saturday, November 3 at 4:00pm

In 1956, America announced a new Cold War weapon to combat the U.S.S.R.: Jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dave Brubeck,... Read more

Sunday, November 4 at 1:00pm

When a woman from Oregon finds an SOS note written by a Chinese prisoner stashed in a box of Halloween decorations from Kmart, she never imagined it would... Read more

Sunday, November 4 at 1:00pm

“Living in Tents” explores homelessness in St. Louis, offering an intimate portrait of a half-dozen or so homeless men and women, and providing a wider view of the... Read more

Sunday, November 4 at 6:00pm

When filmmaker and investigative journalist Frances Causey, a daughter of the South, set out to explore the continuing racial divisions in the U.S., what she... Read more

Saturday, November 3 at 4:00pm

​Grand Saline, Texas, a town east of Dallas, has a disturbing history of racism — a legacy that the community prefers not to talk about. This shroud of secrecy... Read more

Sunday, November 4 at 7:30pm

“Minding the Gap” offers a multifaceted group portrait of filmmaker Bing Liu and two friends, Keire Johnson and Zack Mulligan, from his youth in Rockford, Ill.... Read more

Sunday, November 4 at 12:30pm

This banquet of kid-friendly short films from Japan’s Studio Ponoc (“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”) features three works about modest heroes. "Invisible" (Akihiko... Read more

Saturday, November 10 at 1:00pm

“The Most Dangerous Year” intimately chronicles the struggle for transgender rights, specifically focusing on the 2016 fight in Washington state over “bathroom... Read more

Friday, November 9 at 7:30pm

On the heels of the civil-rights movement, one fearless black pioneer — Ellis Haizlip — reconceived a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, ushering giants and rising... Read more

Friday, November 9 at 5:00pm

Between 2011 and 2016, drilling for oil in America reached an unprecedented peak, setting off a modern-day gold rush in one of the most rural communities in the... Read more

Saturday, November 10 at 4:00pm

Using evocative animation, intimate interviews, and exclusive archival footage, “Naila and the Uprising” brings out of anonymity the courageous women who shook the... Read more

Sunday, November 11 at 12:00pm

As part of the New Filmmakers Forum (NFF), SLIFF holds a conversation with the five participating directors: Phil Blattenberger (“Point Man”), Catherine Dudley-Rose... Read more

Saturday, November 10 at 1:00pm

At only 23 years old, Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of important undertakings — from giving testimony before the U.N. Security Council to visiting refugee... Read more

Saturday, November 3 at 1:00pm

“Owned” is a fever-dream vision into the dark history behind the U.S. housing economy. Tracking its overtly racist beginnings to its unbridled commoditization, the... Read more

Friday, November 2 at 5:00pm

In 2015, a mega-development is poised to engulf a small Mexican fishing village with a vast hotel/condo complex called Tres Santos. Although marketed to wealthy... Read more

Friday, November 9 at 7:30pm

Karoline, Christine, and Enoch are Brooklyn high-school students who are determined to get their entire senior class to college, even though they aren't sure they’... Read more

Sunday, November 11 at 6:30pm

Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, "The Providers" follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico.... Read more

Saturday, November 10 at 4:00pm

“I was in prison before I was even born.” So begins the story of Dr. Victor Rios, who, by 15, was a high-school dropout and gang member with three felony... Read more

Sunday, November 11 at 6:00pm

This celebration of the educational films of yesteryear — a co-presentation with Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive — makes a return... Read more

Saturday, November 10 at 1:30pm

The film relates the rags-to-riches tale of famous St. Louisan Robert Campbell (1804-79), a penniless Northern Ireland man who ultimately became the wealthiest man... Read more

Thursday, November 8 at 6:00pm

“Rodents of Unusual Size” examines the environmental impact of nutria, an invasive, highly destructive species of oversized rodents from South America, on Louisiana... Read more

Friday, November 9 at 7:00pm

First-time filmmaker Rudy Valdez’s “The Sentence” — which won an Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — offers a searing look at the consequences of... Read more

Saturday, November 3 at 11:00am

A delightful program geared toward kids ages 3-8.

Sunday, November 4 at 3:00pm

A children's program with a sophisticated touch that's perfect for kids ages 8-12.

Sunday, November 11 at 6:00pm

In a quest to find a path to stay human in an increasingly crazy world, musician Michael Franti (Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Spearhead) goes on an experiential... Read more

Sunday, November 4 at 1:00pm

In “Stroop,” two first-time filmmakers explore the war for rhino horn. Initially setting out on a six-month project, the duo leave their jobs, sell their homes,... Read more

Sunday, November 4 at 4:00pm

On Nov. 8, 2016, a young, hijab-wearing mother of three named Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to state office in... Read more

Sunday, November 11 at 1:00pm

“The Unafraid” follows three Dreamers — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients — in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top... Read more

Wednesday, November 7 at 5:15pm

“Where the Wind Blew” tells the story of how the Cold War superpowers spent 40 years developing weapons capable of wiping out entire nations while sacrificing their... Read more