Free Events, Film

Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City through the Lens of Film and Television

When: Sun., Nov. 13, 12 p.m. 2016

Today is the final day of the St. Louis International Film Festival, but the day's programming refuses to take the easy way out. Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television is a free slate of films that deal with urban spaces and the racial and ethnic strife that often breaks out when people of different backgrounds share close quarters. Keith McQuirter's Milwaukee 53206 is a documentary about Wisconsin's largest city, which has a sizable African American population — and 62 percent of the men living there have served time in prison. The film explores the way mass incarceration has affected communities and the people in them. It's less depressing than you might fear. Bogdan's Journey is about a community on the other side of the world — Kielce, Poland. In 1946, citizens of Kielce killed 40 Holocaust survivors who were seeking shelter downtown. No one spoke about the attack ever again. Catholic journalist and psychologist Bogdan Bialek spent more than a decade trying to to get his fellow citizens to confront the past and find forgiveness by reconnecting with the Jewish community. Milwaukee 53206 starts at noon, and Bogdan's Journey screens at 3 p.m., both at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; www.mohistory.org).

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission