Millennium Discovers: St. Louis Superman, Academy Award Nominated Documentary Short

Discovery / Lifestyle

Bruce Franks Jr. is a 34-year-old battle rapper, leading Ferguson activist and state representative from St. Louis, Missouri.

Known as Superman to his constituents, he’s a political figure the likes of which you’ve never seen — full of contradictions and deep insights, who has overcome unspeakable loss to become one of the most dynamic and unapologetic young leaders in the country.

This verite documentary follows Bruce at a critical juncture in his life. He’s forced to deal with the mental trauma he’s been carrying for nearly 30 years, ever since his 9-year-old brother was shot and killed in front of him. Only by confronting his pain can Bruce find peace and truly fulfill his destiny as a community leader.

92nd Academy® Awards Nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject
Winner – Best Documentary Short, 2019 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Special Jury Mention – Documentary Competition, 2019 Tribeca Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Short – AFI DOCS 2019
Winner – Best Documentary Short – Indy Short Film Festival 2019
Winner – Audience Awards for Nonfiction Short – Traverse City Film Festival 2019
Shortlist – Cinema Eye Honors 2019
Shortlist – IDA Documentary Awards 2019
Shortlist – DOC NYC 2019

Directed by Smriti Mundhra & Sami Khan

Witness is the award-winning documentary strand of Al Jazeera English that celebrates independent filmmaking and stories challenging dominant views that reflect the human experience.