Policing/Criminal Justice

Directed by Josh Guffey

After a rookie cop is killed in a drug bust gone wrong, his veteran partner (Chris Halverson) is put on…

Directed by Joshua Altman & Bing Liu

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

Directed by Natalie Pattillo & Daniel A. Nelson

“And So I Stayed” offers a moving profile of three domestic-violence survivors who served steep prison…

Directed by Margaret Byrne

A stellar documentary from SLIFF alum Margaret Byrne (“Raising Bertie”), “Any Given Day” follows a trio of…

Directed by Susan Hagedorn

Some 50 years before BLM  and March for Our Lives — before computers, cell phones, and Facebook — priests…

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 Jeff Bemiss & Lisa Molomot

“Missing in Brooks County” provides a clear-eyed, heartbreaking look at the deadly cost of the U.S.’s…

Directed by David Dufresne

Journalist David Dufresne’s first documentary is a devastatingly timely investigation of the place of…

A sampler of films with diverse subjects, including the pandemic, divorce, and puppetry, but similar themes.
Directed by Eric Daniel Metzgar

A hybrid of animation and live action, “A Once and Future Peace” provides an engrossing exploration of…

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 Melvin Van Peebles

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

Directed by Brad Lichtenstein

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