Focusing its lens on personal, cultural and global identity, the 11th annual CMU International Film Festival will use cinema to examine highly potent and topical issues. Curated around the theme of “Faces of Identity,” the Festival boasts more than a dozen features, documentaries, and shorts—including many making their Pittsburgh debut. Spanning 18 days and countries throughout the world from Peru to Poland, films and speakers will spark engaging dialogues about issues such as race, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, and the environment. Some screenings are followed by Q&A sessions and receptions showcasing locally-produced ethnic cuisine. The world’s only international film festival run entirely by students from several universities, the event also seeks to celebrate Pittsburgh’s own ethnic heritage and dynamic culture. Don’t miss opening night on March 23 for the Pittsburgh premiere of With I, Daniel Blake, irected by renowned English director Ken Loach—who is acclaimed for creating films such as Riff-Raff tackling pressing social issues. Additional highlights include an epic biography about the pioneering, Nobel Prize–winning scientist Marie Curie, a powerful portrait of a young Chinese woman emigrating to Argentina, a story about political and environmental turmoil in rural Peru, and an examination of the new geological epoch in which we find ourselves -- in which humanity has put itself -- the Anthropocene.
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