The Show Me Justice Film Festival strives to raise awareness about social injustice. Through the art of film, our goal is to inspire individuals and communities toward collective action against social injustice like racism, sexism, poverty, substance abuse, and other social ills that plague our society. Filmmakers from around the world are encouraged to submit feature films, and short animated, experimental, narrative, and documentary films that put a face on the many shades of injustice. The films selected for screening will compete for prizes based on their artistic competence, creativity, and exploration of the festival theme.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The festival took place last year in the fall of 2012. The upcoming year we are moving the festival into the spring and it will coincide with Social Justice Week on the UCM campus. The Show Me Justice Film Festival screens films from all over the world that are powerful enough to make audience members think about how they themselves can create change, how they can inspire others, and how they can enhance the life experiences of members of their community. Film is a powerful medium for conveying emotional and intellectual themes and it is this compelling aspect of motion pictures themselves that inspired the creation of this festival. The theme of social justice is interpreted broadly and liberally: films address a variety of issues including poverty, freedom, religion, and philosophy. Films are selected that encompass these sorts of themes or that creatively broaden the idea of social justice.
Last year we hosted 11 filmmakers from as far away as France, South Africa, California, and New York at the festival. Meeting the filmmakers adds a whole other dimension to the films. Audience members interact with them in Q&A sessions after the screenings, at filmmaker roundtables held during the festival, and at various festival functions like the opening reception and lunches and dinners between films. Workshops with the some of the filmmakers are also held in conjunction with the festival and throughout the year as part of the ongoing efforts of the Show Me Justice Film Festival.
Dr. Mark von Schlemmer, Festival Director
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Warrensburg, MO 64093
More information: http://www.ucmo.edu/filmfest/mission/