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Show Me Democracy

A Film by Dan Parris

84 minutes

Scene Selection • Closed Captioned

Grades 9 - Adult
Item #:SMD-1131

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Show Me Democracy asks us to examine how a committed group of college students can make a difference in a complex and imperfect system and what methods have the most impact.

Amidst the uprising in Ferguson, MO, seven St. Louis college students evolve into activists as they demand change through policy and protest. The film examines their personal lives and backgrounds as each of them copes with the fallout of Ferguson. Six of the students fight for education policy reform through their internship program and try to create more opportunities for low-income and DACA students in their state. One of the seven joins the Black Lives Matter movement and organizes several protests to demonstrate against ongoing racial injustice. Following her on the ground, the camera captures several of her tension-filled protests including a night in Ferguson when the police tear gas protesters.

Though they are met with continued hostility or apathy, they persist. Their combined actions seek to test the validity of the Margaret Mead quote, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT: "My hope is that the film challenges audiences to consider the way they view the Ferguson Movement and the underlying issues of race, poverty, undocumented students, our current educational system and most importantly, what role individuals can play in our messy democracy. As Brittany says, 'Every person has a role to play.' Your voice is a gift and a chance to make sure the idea of 'nothing about, without me' rings true in your community as well. Engagement in democracy is as important now as it has ever been."
-Dan Parris
Show Me Democracy

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