St. Louis International Film Festival

Scene from "For Ahkeem"

Documentary ‘For Ahkeem’ Screens Nov. 11 at St. Louis Film Festival

By Jody Mitori on November 8, 2017

The new documentary “For Ahkeem” follows 17-year-old Daje Shelton after she has been expelled from her public high school in North St. Louis and is sent to the court-supervised Innovative Concept Academy by Judge Jimmie Edwards. The film is part of the free program “Mean Streets: Viewing the Divi...

“Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”

By Diana on October 25, 2017

“Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” is the first major documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. As Davis once stated: “I’m Puerto Rican, Jewish, colored, and married to a whi...

“Jane”

By Jody Mitori on October 23, 2017

Using a trove of footage unearthed from the National Geographic archives, “Jane” tells the true story of Jane Goodall as a young woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Th...

“Rawstock”

By Diana on October 18, 2017

Washington University Libraries present Rawstock, a free archival screening night celebrating the educational films of yesteryear. Free and open to the Public. Presented as part of the St. Louis International Festival. For more information click here.

“The Rise and Fall of Books”

By Diana on October 18, 2017

Director Jake Gorst follows internationally recognized artist and scholar Buzz Spector during one month in the winter of 2007 as he teaches a class of Cornell University art students how to use books as art-making material and to think about the values that reading and collecting books contribute...

“Tell Them We Are Rising”

By Diana on October 18, 2017

Washington University Libraries and Cinema St. Louis present “Tell Them We Are Rising” as part of the Henry Hampton Film Series. The documentary explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in American history, culture and national identit...

“Mean Streets”

By Diana on October 18, 2017

Presented as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival, “Mean Streets” includes screenings of narrative and documentary works that address the strong intersections between racial divisions and urban spaces. “Whose Streets?,” “Copwatch,” “In the Heat of the Night,” and “For Akh...

A scene from "For Ahkeem"

Libraries’ ‘Mean Streets’ Program Returns to St. Louis Film Festival

By Jody Mitori on October 16, 2017

As part of the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) Nov. 2-12, Washington University Libraries, Washington University’s Sam Fox School’s College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, Cinema St. Louis and the Missouri History Museum present “Mean Streets:...

The Divided City Initiative in St. Louis: Chi-Raq and Milwaukee 53206 Q&As

By Alison Carrick on January 31, 2017

The Mean Streets programming that was part of the Divided City Initiative also included films that examined the issues of segregation and how communities deal with mass incarceration and gun violence.  A high point of the program was the screening of Chi-Raq (dir. Spike Lee, 2015) with screenwrit...

The Divided City Initiative and Kartemquin Films: Q&As from the Mean Streets Program

By Alison Carrick on January 13, 2017

Last fall Washington University Libraries partnered with Cinema St. Louis, the Missouri History Museum, and Washington University’s Sam Fox School’s College of Architecture, to present “Mean Streets: The Divided City through the Lens of Film and Television” during the St. Louis International Film...