The Show Me Justice Film Festival kicks off on the campus of the University of Central Missouri Thursday evening.  Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Festival Director Mark von Schlemmer:

Mark von Schlemmer

Von Schlemmer says feature length documentaries and narratives pair with short films to tell stories of social issues world-wide.  He quotes a dean from the schools in saying, “Social justice is the essence of democracy.”  Von Schlemmer believes the film festival shines a light on racism, sexism, poverty, substance abuse and other aspects of society.

Click here for a full listing of films and showtimes for the festival.