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SLIFF: Human Ties spotlight

Saturday, November 18, 2023 | 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


The Center for the Humanities sponsors the Human Ties lineup of films at the Saint Louis Film Festival (festival dates are Nov. 9–19).

4 pm, Fri., Nov. 10: The Apology (2023), documentary by Mimi Chakarova. The Apology investigates an incident in the 1960s in which Alameda County and the City of Hayward dismantled the entire community of Russell City, pushing 1,400 residents out of their homes and off their land – all to claim the 200 acres for an industrial park. Screening and discussion with director Chakarova and producer Aisha Knowles. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Theater 9, 3700 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, 63108
1 pm, Sat., Nov. 11: Bike Vessel (2023), documentary by Eric D. Seals. An African-American filmmaker explores health disparities within the Black community through the lens of his father, Donnie Seals Sr., who almost died after three open-heart surgeries. Nearly 20 years later, Seals makes a miraculous health recovery after discovering his love for bicycling. Washington University, Brown Hall, Room 100
4 pm, Sat., Nov. 11: The Body Politic (2023), documentary by Gabriel Francis Paz Goodenough. The Body Politic follows Baltimore’s idealistic young mayor into office where he puts his personal and political future on the line to save his beloved city from chronic violence. Washington University, Brown Hall, Room 100
4 pm, Sun., Nov. 12: Racist Trees (2022), documentary by Sara Newens and Mina T. Son. Was the planting of tamarisk trees along the historically Black Lawrence Crossley neighborhood in Palm Springs a symbol of segregation? The battle to uproot them gained national attention and divided the community until their removal in 2018. Screening and discussion with co-director Newens. Washington University, Brown Hall, Room 100
1 pm, Tues., Nov. 14: Sandtown (2023), documentary by Isaiah Smallman. A filmmaker returns to his hometown neighborhood in West Baltimore, where he hopes to rediscover his past, reckon with his white privilege, and reconnect with the community that raised him. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Theater 9, 3700 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, 63108
1 pm, Wed., Nov. 15: We Have Just Begun (2023), documentary by Michael Warren Wilson. In 1919, Black workers’ decades-long efforts to challenge exploitation in the Arkansas Delta culminated in the nation’s deadliest racial massacre and labor battle. We Have Just Begun takes its name from the secret pass-code used by a Black union of farmers and domestic workers organizing throughout the Arkansas Delta. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Theater 9, 3700 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, 63108
7 pm, Wed., Nov. 15: Master of Light (2022), documentary by Rosa Ruth Boesten. George Anthony Morton is a classical painter who spent 10 years in federal prison for dealing drugs. While incarcerated, he nurtured his craft and unique artistic ability. Since his release, he is doing everything he can to defy society’s unlevel playing field and tackle the white-dominant art world. Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 63108
1 pm, Sat., Nov. 18: Birthing Justice (2022), documentary by Monique N. Matthews. America’s medical inequities have turned giving birth into a battlefield for too many Black women and their babies. Birthing Justice flips that narrative, centering the expertise and lived experiences of Black women and their advocates as they fix a broken system and transform the future, one birth at a time. Screening and discussion with executive producer and co-writer Denise Pines. Washington University, Brown Hall, Room 100


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Human Ties spotlight, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, at the St. Louis Film Festival
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