African American

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

Directed by Catherine Gund

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

Directed by Jim Finn

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

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

The Black Artists’ Group of St. Louis (BAG) formed in the late 1960s as an arts collective devoted to  …

Directed by Steve James

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

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

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…

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

“Lights of Baltimore” tells the story of the war of images surrounding Baltimore in the aftermath of…

Directed by Sam Pollard

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

An eclectic mix of crowd-pleasing shorts that includes animation, dark comedy, and horror.

Shorts to make your skin crawl and your spine tingle.

Janet "Lovey" Herrmann, who programmed the first SLIFF shorts program and continues to help evaluate…

These dramatic shorts transport you to a specific moment in time.

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 Karla Murthy

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

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 Aimee Long

After accidentally shooting an innocent Black man through a wall in Brooklyn, young Chinese-American cop…

Directed by Yoruba Richen

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

Directed by Shatara Michelle Ford

“Test Pattern,” the gripping and powerful first feature by Shatara Michelle Ford, chronicles a young Black…

Directed by Ashley O'Shay

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

Directed by Deirdre Fishel

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