Race in America: The Black Experience

Sponsored by William A. Kerr Foundation

Directed by Joshua Altman & Bing Liu

Chicago gun violence has made national headlines for decades. While the city responds with aggressive…

Directed by John Maggio

“A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks” explores the power of images in advancing racial, economic…

Directed by Rex Miller & Sam Pollard

“Citizen Ashe” is the story of sports legend and social activist Arthur Ashe. Known to most by his stellar…

Directed by Zora Iman Crews & Alec Tibaldi

Daphne Wilco, actor and self-empowered social-justice warrior, wreaks havoc on a production of Euripides…

An anthology of shorts exploring the biggest issues in the United States today.
A sampler of films from students in the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the Missouri…
True stories of the inequities that permeate throughout the justice system at large.
A collection of fascinating exposés that unearth surprising stories about some of the most recognizable…
Directed by Mobolaji Olambiwonnu

How does a father find purpose in pain? In 2014, Michael Brown Sr.’s son was killed by White police…

Directed by Brandon Kramer

“The First Step” — directed by SLIFF alum Brandon Kramer (“City of Trees”) — explores the divisions within…

Directed by Gordon Quinn & Leslie Simmer

Co-directed by SLIFF Lifetime Achievement Award winner Gordon Quinn, “For the Left Hand” profiles Norman…

Directed by Pat McGee

Running in the 2020 Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat held by Mitch McConnell, Charles Booker…

Directed by Lisa Donato

“Gossamer Folds,” which beautifully demonstrates that hatred is a learned experience and that we can…

Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green

“King Richard,” which stars two-time Oscar

Directed by Alana Marie

Kinloch is a town on life support, with fewer than 200 citizens still residing in the area, a budget…

A slate of films that explore the art of dance, the passion of music, and the power of poetry.
A sampler of films with diverse subjects, including the pandemic, divorce, and puppetry, but similar themes.
Directed by CJ Hunt

Smart, funny, and thoughtful about issues of race in America, “The Neutral Ground” follows comedian and “…

Directed by Aaron Hosé

“One Pint at a Time” — a feature expansion of the short “A Fresh Perspective,” which screened at last year…

Directed by Gilda Sheppard

“Since I Been Down” follows a group of prisoners as they break free from their fate and create a model of…

Directed by Van Maximilian Carlson

Former New Filmmakers Forum winner Van Maximilian Carlson (2019’s “Princess of the Row”) returns to SLIFF…

Directed by Melvin Van Peebles

Cinema St. Louis continues its year-long Golden Anniversaries series during SLIFF by featuring a half-…

Directed by Damien D. Smith

“Target: St. Louis Vol. 1” serves as a valuable history lesson with sadly continuing relevance. The film…

Directed by Deborah Riley Draper

In “Twenty Pearls” — deftly narrated by Phylicia Rashad — two-time SLIFF alum Deborah Riley Draper (“…

Directed by Dagmawi Abebe, Victor Alonso-Berbel, Roy Arwas, Hannah Bang, Christopher Beaton, Agazi Desta, Tiffany Kontoyiannis, Zoe Salnave, Ernesto Sandoval & Sabina Vajraca

Based on true events surrounding the Negro Theatre Unit’s revolutionary 1936 production of “Macbeth,” “…

Directed by Brad Lichtenstein

“When Claude Got Shot” follows the multi-year struggles of Claude Motley, a non-traditional-age Black law…

Directed by Emily Kunstler & Sarah Kunstler

Directed by Sarah and Emily Kunstler — who previously helmed the well-received “William Kunstler:…