Family Issues

Directed by Jonas Carpignano

The Guerrasio family and friends gather to celebrate Claudio and Carmela’s oldest daughter’s 18th birthday…

Directed by Isidore Bethel & Francis Leplay

When his older boyfriend loses interest in him, filmmaker Isidore Bethel looks for a way forward.…

Directed by Iman Zawahry

Welcome to America: Where dreams come true … ish. A provocative spin on the traditional romantic comedy, “…

Directed by Margaret Byrne

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

Directed by Libby Spears

“The Art of Rebellion” follows blunt, sarcastic, but ultimately lovable Lydia Emily — an LA-based street…

Directed by Mike Mills

Radio journalist Johnny (Oscar® winner Joaquin Phoenix) and his young nephew forge a tenuous but…

Directed by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén

In a remote village in Costa Rica, Clara, a withdrawn 40-year-old woman, experiences a sexual and mystical…

An examination of the life and conservation of animals across the globe.
A program that captures the wisdom, the humor, and the pain that comes with age.
Glimpses of labor in its many forms and the sense of catharsis it can bring.
An exploration of the challenges and experiences of real people living with a disability.
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.
Directed by Mo Scarpelli

“El Father Plays Himself” chronicles expat filmmaker Jorge Thielen Armand’s return to Venezuela to make a…

Directed by Arie Esiri & Chuko Esiri

A triumph at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival, the revelatory debut feature from co-directors (…

Directed by Wang Lina

With lush imagery and touching naturalistic performances, “A First Farewell” finds poetry in the minutiae…

Directed by Lisa Donato

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

Directed by Panah Panahi

A chaotic, tender family is on a road trip across a rugged landscape, but to where? In the backseat, Dad…

Directed by Stephen Karam

A piercingly funny and haunting debut film from writer/director Stephen Karam, “The Humans” explores the…

Directed by Hong Sangsoo

With “In Front of Your Face,” prolific South Korean auteur Hong Sangsoo suggests that perhaps the most…

Directed by Ana Rocha

In the outskirts of London, Portuguese couple Bela and Jota, the parents of three, struggle to make ends…

Directed by Alex Camilleri

A hardworking Maltese fisherman, Jesmark is faced with an agonizing choice. He can repair his leaky “luzzu…

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 Therese Shechter

In “My So-Called Selfish Life,” filmmaker Therese Shechter examines an oft-undiscussed social taboo: women…

This animated sampler has an international focus.
A selection of many of the absolute best of this year's shorts submissions, ranging from an experimental…
A hilarious collection whose subjects range from pregnancy to virtual learning, restaurant etiquette to taboo…
Demented clowns, matchmaking kids, and a poker night highlight our second comedy program.
A sampler of films with diverse subjects, including the pandemic, divorce, and puppetry, but similar themes.
Directed by Mano Khalil

In a Syrian border village in the early ’80s, as little Sero attends school for the first time, a new…

Directed by Angelo Madsen Minax

After the death of his infant niece, filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax returns to his rural Michigan hometown…

Directed by Justin Blake Crum

In “Papaw Land,” a coming-of-age drama set in rural Arkansas, 17-year-old Matthew is slipping into a cycle…

Directed by Ivaylo Getov & Jeremy Ungar

In 2017, the Vocal Vidas, an all-female Cuban quartet, were invited to perform their first show in America…

A selection of standout documentaries, some experimental in form, from the 2021 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.
Directed by John Schlesinger

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

Directed by Max Lowe

On Oct. 5, 1999, legendary climber Alex Lowe was tragically lost in a deadly avalanche on the Himalayan…

Directed by Debbie Lum

“Try Harder!” offers an engaging portrait of five young adults as they navigate a quintessential rite of…

Directed by Brad Lichtenstein

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

Directed by Igor Drljaca

In a rundown Sarajevo suburb, Alipasino Polje, Faruk is an orphan who lives with his ill grandmother. He…

Directed by Dandren Wanggyal

Based on famed writer A Lai's novel "Dog Boy Gera" and produced by well-regarded screenwriter Lu Wei (“…

Directed by Rossana Díaz Costa

Julius — an upper-class child in 1950s Lima, Peru — lives in a mansion with his aristocratic family and a…