Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight

Sponsored by Mary Strauss

As an adjunct to Master Class: Microbudget Filmmaking with  Blake Eckard and…

As a complement to Master Class: Documentary Filmmaking with Anne de Mare,…

As an adjunct to Master Class: Editing with Karen Pearlman, SLIFF offers a…

Anne de Mare explores the process of making a documentary film, focusing on…

When she encountered the work of Antonioni and Bergman, Rachel Reichman was…

People often say that good editing is invisible, but if that is the case,…

SLIFF is proud to kick off its 2020 edition with a special event featuring…

Directed by Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert

“9to5” is the latest film from heralded documentarians Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, whose “American…

Directed by Catherine Gund

“Aggie” explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist…

Directed by Joseph Puleo

“America’s Last Little Italy” explores the deep historic roots of the Hill, St. Louis’ iconic Italian…

Directed by Eran Paz

“And I Was There” provides a distinctive and potent take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that feels…

Directed by Jim Finn

For four years in the 1860s, half of the United States was held hostage by an unrecognized white-…

Directed by Jason Loftus & Eric Pedicelli

“Ask No Questions” offers a fascinating and damning investigation of the Chinese government’s concerted…

Directed by Matthew Rice

This ambitious documentary by St. Louis-based filmmaker Matthew Rice analyzes how an ex-slave became one…

Directed by Bryan Dematteis

SLIFF is pleased to present a work-in-progress screening of a documentary on the Black Artists' Group (BAG…

Directed by Marlén Viñayo

In “Cachada,” which screened at last year’s SXSW, five El Salvadoran women who have lived difficult lives…

Directed by Steve James

In the five-part documentary series “City So Real,” Oscar-nominated documentarian Steve James (“America to…

Directed by Patrick Sammon & Bennett Singer

“Cured” illuminates a pivotal yet largely unknown chapter in the struggle for LGBTQ equality: the campaign…

Directed by Maria Finitzo

“The Dilemma of Desire” explores female sexual desire and the powerful gender politics that revolve around…

Perspectives on animals, the environment, and the natural world.

A trio of films that examine different aspects of the prison system in the U.S.

A program that explores the Black experience from a multiplicity of perspectives.

Glimpses of family life both fraught and inspiring from around the globe.

Stories of deportees, asylum seekers, and undocumented immigrants from Latin America.

A collection of real-life stories told through a variety of animated techniques.

An anthology of films about the lives of musicians.

A sampler of films from students in the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the…

A trio of nonfiction shorts examining hard-won triumphs and continuing challenges in the LGBTQ community…

Nonfiction standouts from the 2020 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase and new works by artists with ties to the…

This double bill of near-feature-length shorts explores the lives of two icons of music and movies who…

A global survey of the myriad challenges faced by women both past and present.

Directed by Jiayan "Jenny" Shi

“Finding Yingying” chronicles the search for Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old Chinese student who had only…

Directed by Darby Duffin & Adam Jones

“Fish & Men” explores the high cost of cheap fish in the modern U.S. seafood economy, exposing the…

Directed by Mark Bosco & Elizabeth Coffman

Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress/Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, “Flannery” is a lyrical,…

Directed by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

As her small, blue-collar city struggles to emerge from the opioid epidemic and gets caught up in battles…

Directed by Donna Serbe-Davis

How can the endangered city of Venice be preserved? Gianni Berengo Gardin, Italy’s most famous living…

Directed by Adam Knapp & Kenneth Linn

“God Save the Wings” offers a rousing, highly entertaining look at the brief history of Wichita’s MISL…

Directed by Justin Feltman & Razi Jafri

Hamtramck, Mich. — part of the Detroit area — is a place built by immigrants. The city thrived thanks to…

Directed by Elena Horn

German schools mandate that students learn about National Socialism and its devastating impact on the…

Directed by Sabrina Bouarour

Sabrina Bouarour's “Lights of Baltimore” tells the story of the war of images surrounding Baltimore in the…

Directed by Michael Hewitt & Dermot Lavery

Skillfully adapting a massive book of the same name that chronicles every one of the 3,700 deaths…

Directed by Justin Krook

“Machine” examines artificial intelligence (AI) — the most radical new technology of our time — from…

Directed by David Osit

A real-life political saga, “Mayor” follows Musa Hadid, the Christian mayor of Ramallah, during his second…

Directed by Sam Pollard

“MLK/FBI,” the first film to uncover the extent of the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin…

Directed by Maite Alberdi

Rómulo is a private investigator hired to investigate a retirement home in Chile where a resident may be…

Directed by Oren Jacoby

In “On Broadway,” directed by Academy Award nominee Oren Jacoby (for the short “Sister Rose’s Passion”),…

Directed by Cam Cowan

In Buenos Aires at the age of 16, Pedro Opeka declined an opportunity to become a professional soccer…

Directed by Alex Bayer, Jonathan Mann & Mary Anne Rothberg

In “The Oratorio,” filmmaker Martin Scorsese helps tell the story of an 1826 performance that forever…

Directed by James Byrne

Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has become one of Africa’s most celebrated wildlife-restoration…

Directed by William J. Saunders

The twisty, head-spinning investigative thriller “The Penny Black” begins when Will, the estranged son of…

Directed by Karla Murthy

Although a portrait of the troubled Rust Belt city of Youngstown, Ohio, “The Place That Makes Us” offers a…

Directed by Michelle Grace Steinberg

A work of timely urgency, director Michelle Grace Steinberg’s “A Place to Breathe” toggles between…

Directed by Rachel Reichman & Deborah Shaffer

At 88 years old, Audrey Flack — feminist, rebel, mother, painter, sculptor, and teacher — holds a unique…

Directed by Amy Geller & Gerald Peary

Yes, there are Jews in Montana! There’s an evangelical strand of Hasidic Judaism — Chabad-Lubavitch —…

Directed by Ben Rekhi

“The Reunited States” — both heartwarming and heartening — provides a much-needed balm in a time of…

Directed by Josefina Rotman Lyons

The charming “Revival” documents a program by a New York City nonprofit — the interestingly named Dances…

Directed by Anne Flatté & Marlon Johnson

For nearly three decades, Edward “Nardie” White has led an after-school community drum corps (River City…

Directed by Greg Jacobs & Jon Siskel

“The Road Up” follows four Chicagoans on the daunting journey from rock bottom to stable employment. Their…

Directed by Nick Brandestini

On the Georgia barrier island of Sapelo — accessible only by boat —  preteen brothers JerMarkest and…

Directed by Yoruba Richen

As the country was embroiled in a divisive election and racial tensions flared, civil-rights activist and…

Directed by Sharon Liese

Filmed over five years in Kansas City, “Transhood” follows four transgender kids — beginning at ages 4, 7…

Directed by Ashley O'Shay

“Unapologetic” vividly captures a community of millennial organizers confronting an administration…

Directed by Abby Ginzberg

Directed by Peabody Award winner Abby Ginzberg — a two-time SLIFF alum with “And Then They Came for Us” in…

Directed by Nate Townsend

In June 2014, Ryan Candice, a high-achieving student at the University of Missouri, took his life days…

Directed by Aaron Matthews

Called “the best American writer of his generation” and “our poet laureate of war,” Tim O’Brien is one of…

Directed by Deirdre Fishel

“Women in Blue” offers an unprecedented window on the inner workings of the Minneapolis Police Department…

Directed by Alex Winter

Far from a typical music doc, “Zappa” is a multifaceted narrative that brings a complex artist to vibrant…