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Battle DVD

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“Battle: Change from Within” director's vision statement

Eliot Battle is a Columbia, Mo., icon because of what he accomplished in the community but even more interesting is the peaceful manner in which he did it. When making the film, I want to capture a little of his calm demeanor, ability to bridge the gap between the black and white communities and give the viewer insight to how his personality and approach lead to his success. While editing the film we could have used a hard sale tactic but decided to take a softer style to reflect more of how the man himself is put together.

— Michael  Hicks

Press release

“Battle: Change From Within” explores an educator’s role in desegregating the Columbia, Mo., schools (PDF)

Film synopsis and Hicks' bio

Short film synopsis (PDF)

Detailed credit roll

Credits — "Battle: Change From Within" (PDF)

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HD clips

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Review screenings

If you would like to screen “Battle: Change from Within” to write a review, please contact Michael Hicks at hicksmd@missouri.edu.