Race in America: The Black Experience

Sponsored by William A. Kerr Foundation, with support from Saint Louis University's Office of Diversity and Community Engagement

12th and Clairmount

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 Free Press — fuses illustrations with rare archival footage from the era, including newsreel,... Read more

Black Memorabilia

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 of racial stereotyping — what director Chico Colvard (“Family Affair,” SLIFF 2010) describes as “... Read more

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

Sunday, November 11 at 6:00pm

“Blue Note Records” explores the vision behind the iconic American jazz label. Since 1939, Blue Note artists have been encouraged to push creative boundaries in search of uncompromising expressions. Through current recording sessions, rare archival footage, and... Read more

The Blues Doctors Performance with Satan & Adam

Friday, November 9 at 7:30pm

“Satan & Adam” is a celebration of the transformative power of music and the bonds that develop when worlds collide and artists collaborate. One day in 1986, Adam Gussow, a white, Ivy League-educated harmonica player, found himself nursing a broken heart and... Read more

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

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-seen works, writings, and photographs, director Sara Driver, who was herself part of the same New... Read more

Capturing the Flag

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 North Carolina to do voter-protection work at the polls. Laverne and Steve have been volunteering... Read more

The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital

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 black doctors and nurses in the world. The film chronicles the unique history of the medical training... Read more

Crime + Punishment

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 whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest in New York City. With... Read more

Doc Shorts: Black Voices

Sunday, November 11 at 6:30pm
A diverse chorus of black voices addresses subjects both local and national.

Father's Kingdom

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 million followers at its peak, crossing racial divisions and advocating for gender and economic... Read more

Fatherhood

Saturday, November 3 at 4:30pm

A marvelously raw and heartfelt film about absent fathers and at-risk kids, “Fatherhood” is part music-video anthology, part confessional anthropology, part urgent social-issues documentary. Director Ben Gregor showcases four groups of young composers, lyricists,... Read more

Green Book

Sunday, November 11 at 6:15pm

Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen (“Eastern Promises,” “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) and Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight,” “Hidden Figures”) star in Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ “Green Book.” In his foray into powerfully... Read more

If Beale Street Could Talk

Saturday, November 10 at 5:30pm

Director Barry Jenkins follows his Oscar®-winning “Moonlight” with an adaptation of James Baldwin's classic novel “If Beale Street Could Talk,” a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple and their families. In early-1970s Harlem, wife-to-be... Read more

Intelligent Lives

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 segregated in America. Intellectual disability often means a life sentence of isolation, but the three... Read more

The Jazz Ambassadors

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, along with their racially integrated bands, would cross the globe to counter negative Soviet... Read more

Little Woods

Saturday, November 10 at 3:00pm

A modern Western, “Little Woods” tells the story of two sisters, Ollie (Tessa Thompson, “Creed,” “Sorry to Bother You”) and Deb (Lily James, “Downton Abbey”), who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the... Read more

Living in Tents

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 issue by interviewing several long-term volunteers and the city officials and professionals who set... Read more

The Long Shadow

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 discovered was that the politics of slavery didn’t end with the Civil War. In an astonishingly candid look... Read more

Man on Fire

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 ended when Charles Moore, an elderly white preacher, self-immolated to protest the town’s racism in 2014... Read more

Minding the Gap

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. Although the documentary initially appears to focus on their shared passion for skateboarding — Bing’s... Read more

Mr. Soul!

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 stars of black American culture onto the national television stage. Haizlip contained Whitman-esque... Read more

Owned: A Tale of Two Americas

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 documentary exposes a foundational story few Americans understand as their own. In 2008, the U.S.... Read more

Personal Statement

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’re going to make it there themselves. “Personal Statement” follows this inspirational trio through... Read more

Point Man

Friday, November 9 at 9:30pm

Set in Vietnam in April 1968 — three months after the tide-turning Tet Offensive and one month after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. — “Point Man” is the story of a U.S. Army fire team fractured by racial tensions, moral crises, and the crushing... Read more

The Pushouts

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 convictions and a death wish. But when a teacher's quiet persistence, mentor Martin Flores' moral conviction,... Read more

Satan & Adam

Friday, November 9 at 7:30pm

One day in 1986, Adam Gussow, a white, Ivy League-educated harmonica player, found himself nursing a broken heart and walking down the street in Harlem, a block from the Apollo Theater. There, he came on a one-man band: Sterling Magee. Better known as Satan, Magee... Read more

Saviors

Friday, November 9 at 7:00pm

In “Saviors” — audaciously shot in a single, continuous take — Blaze (Megan Johnson) embeds herself in a white-power group in an effort to find her adoptive African-American mother (Carol Payton). But one night, after the group returns from a rally, the members... Read more

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

Sunday, November 4 at 4:30pm

In 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old black woman from Chicago, was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town. Three days later, Sandra was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell. Though ruled a suicide, her death sparked... Read more

St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase Sampler

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00pm
A selection of the best films from the 2018 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.

Stay Human

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 journey, traveling the globe to tell the stories of people who have chosen to overcome cynicism... Read more

Support the Girls

Thursday, November 8 at 7:15pm

Lisa (Regina Hall) is the last person you'd expect to find in a highway-side “sports bar with curves,” but as general manager at Double Whammies, she's come to love the place and its customers. An incurable den mother, she nurtures and protects her girls fiercely... Read more

This One's for the Ladies

Tuesday, November 6 at 8:00pm

“This One’s for the Ladies” takes an affectionate look at black male strippers and their most passionate fans, offering profiles of about a half-dozen extremely buff performers and a roughly equal number of their devoted acolytes. Every Thursday night, hundreds of... Read more

United Skates

Saturday, November 3 at 8:00pm

For more than a half-century, African Americans have gathered at roller rinks to perfect elaborate dances on skates, with cities across the U.S. developing styles unique to their communities. The roller rinks were especially vital to the growth of hip-hop. As Pepa... Read more

Where the Pavement Ends

Saturday, November 3 at 2:30pm

“Where the Pavement Ends” explores the charged relationship between the historically all-black town of Kinloch and its formerly all-white neighbor Ferguson. Kinloch is now essentially a ghost town, emptied of almost all of its residents when the nearby Lambert... Read more

Widows

Sunday, November 11 at 5:35pm

In contemporary Chicago, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. Veronica (Viola Davis) lives an idyllic life in... Read more