Reviews and Festivals
"Parris captures the essence of a grassroots advocacy movement, and his film is fast moving and dramatic. The issues covered are timeless: undocumented students, police brutality, poverty, and housing injustice. A moving, emotional snapshot of policy and protest in Ferguson, MO. Very timely and useful for inviting dialogue and inciting action. It would be appropriate for U.S. history, government, and political science classes."— School Library Journal
"Show Me Democracy
delivers a strong message to our young and diverse audience who are always primed to take on the call of engagement and action."
— Marc Leonard, Fuse Media Senior VP of Content Strategy
"A remarkably balanced story of young St. Louisans coming to grips with the challenges surrounding street protests and political activism...Doesn't shy away from the uncomfortable tensions that arise from protests designed to create 'disruption'."
— Riverfront Times
"A deft job of weaving together the two story strands of advocacy and activism."
— Cliff Froehlich, Director of St. Louis International Film Festival
"Outstanding! I'm a police officer in St. Louis, and this movement is truly taking an affect on how we are changing the way we police and encouraging dialogue between the community and police...Your efforts are making a difference."
— Anonymous St. Louis County Police Officer
"The students I spoke with and myself felt incredibly empowered and motivated by your film. There are so many injustices happening with racism in all spectrums of our city from police brutality to improper education."
— Danielle G, MSW student University of Missouri - St Louis
"An amazing experience in visualizing the power every young person has within them. Representation matters so for our students to see their city and activists that look like them was a tremendous experience."
— Renee Racette, Principal of Carnahan High SchoolOFFICIAL SELECTION
BronzeLens Film Festival
Covellite Film Festival
Global Peace Film Festival
St. Louis International Film Festival
Awareness Film Festival
Heartland Film Festival
Big Muddy Film Festival
Cinema on the Bayou Film Festivals
Lower East Side Film Fest