MTV Documentary Films Academy Award-nominated St. Louis Superman, produced by Al Jazeera Witness will premiere Monday, May 18 at 9 PM ET/PT on MTV, VH1, and MTV2 via simulcast.
St. Louis Superman is directed by Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan, tells the story of Representative Bruce Franks Jr. Franks is an American politician and community activist. He served in the Missouri House of Representatives representing the 78th District and served as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Police/Community Relations before resigning in 2019. A St. Louis native, Franks Jr. is also a world-renowned battle rapper known as “Ooops” as well as a small business owner. Today, he works with the Community Justice Action Fund, which holds elected officials and community leaders accountable for ending gun violence in communities of color across the nation.
Known as “Superman” to his constituents, Franks Jr. cuts a unique figure – an unorthodox politician who has overcome a tremendous loss to become one of the most dynamic and unapologetic young leaders in the country. Forced to deal with the trauma he’s been carrying for nearly 30 years after witnessing the shooting death of his nine-year-old brother, the film chronicles his work toward overcoming both personal trauma and political obstacles in an effort to pass a bill that is critical to his community. Only by confronting his pain can Franks Jr. find peace and truly fulfill his destiny as a leader.
The film won the jury prize for Best Documentary Short at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Short at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the Audience Award for Best Short at AFI Docs, and the Special Jury Mention at Tribeca Film Festival. St. Louis Superman is produced by Mundhra, Khan, and Poh Si Teng and executive produced by Sheila Nevins and Fiona Lawson-Baker.