MTV has set the premiere for the Academy Award-winning documentary short film, St. Louis Superman. The film will debut on May 18 and will be simulcast across MTV, MTV2 and VH1. MTV Documentary Films picked up the documentary after its festival run, which included the Audience Award for Best Short at AFI Docs and the Special Jury Mention at Tribeca Film Festival.

The film, directed by Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan, tells the story of Representative Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives.”

Here’s the official description: 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.

Watch the trailer below:


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Photo: MTV Documentary Films 

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