Sunday, March 2, 2014

CMU International Film Festival Focusing on Films Touching on "Faces of Work" March 20 - April 5

The eighth edition of the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival will be held at venues around Pittsburgh from March 20 to April 5, featuring screenings of new, distinctive, and award-winning international films and documentaries from Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Sweden, Romania, Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, France, Egypt, Chad, Iran, India, Israel, Vietnam, China, Canada, and the United States.

Sponsored by CMU's Humanities Center, the 2014 festival is dedicated to the legacy of Paul Goodman, the world-renowned filmmaker, psychologist and Carnegie Mellon professor, and to his professional focus on the human challenges and achievements of diverse groups of workers worldwide. 

This year, Paul has been recognized with two major awards at the Madrid International Film Festival for his astounding achievements, including the Best Producer of Documentary Film Award for Shipbreakers! Festival audiences will have the opportunity to explore the many “Faces of Work” through Paul's compelling short films along with a full schedule of Pittsburgh premieres of notable international films.

Paul's work emphasized global awareness through his teaching and research while exploring the theme of work in both international and local Pittsburgh communities. This dedication prompted his desire to bring to light important but often overlooked aspects of work by diverse individuals using his favorite teaching mechanism - filmmaking. "Faces of Work" takes its inspiration from Paul's vision; its international roster of films will provide a visual examination and interpretation of global working conditions and spaces, and the people in them.

The Faces Festival is an annual celebration of international film and its potential to shine a light on the human faces involved in shaping our contemporary social landscape. Audiences are encouraged to explore the numerous complex themes of these films beyond the screenings themselves by participating in audience Q&A sessions with directors, artists, academics, and professionals; by engaging with interactive performances by student artists; and by sampling exotic foods and international cuisine from local eateries. 

From Polish director Andrzej Wajda's biopic of Lech Walesa, former electrician and controversial President of Poland whose championing of workers' rights contributed to the fall of communism in eastern Europe; to Paul Goodman's depiction of the challenging assignments of ship breakers in India; to famed documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s exploration into the inner workings of a publicly-funded university; to a Chinese rehab center for Internet addicts. This year's feature films and documentaries will engage audiences with the efforts of workers around the globe, and examine how their contributions to our economy both improve and challenge societies in countless ways.

For additional information about the festival, please visit www.cmu.edu/faces or contact the festival director, Jolanta Lion, at jola@cmu.edu.


SCHEDULE:


THURSDAY, MARCH 20
Walesa: Man of Hope (Poland, 2013)
7:15pm | Regent Square Theater
Opening Night!
+ Special appearance by Danuta Wa??sa, Former First Lady of Poland
+ A discussion with Piotr Adamowicz, a famed Polish writer and journalist, moderated by Oscar Swan, Professor of Slavic Languages & Literature at the University of Pittsburgh
+ Opening Night Reception

FRIDAY, MARCH 21
Shipbreakers (USA/India, 2013)
7:15pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center
+ Post-screening Q&A with Director Ralph Vituccio
+ CMU Opening Night Reception

SATURDAY, MARCH 22
The Square (Egypt/USA, 2013)
4:30pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center
Web Junkie (China/Israel/USA, 2013)
7:15pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center
+ Exclusive Q&A with Director Shosh Shlam

SUNDAY, MARCH 23
Walesa: Man of Hope (Poland, 2013)
4:30pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center
+ Special appearance by Danuta Wa??sa, Former First Lady of Poland

MONDAY, MARCH 24
The Cleaner (Peru, 2012)
4:00pm | Kresge Theater, Carlow University
FREE! and open to the public
+ Exclusive Q&A with Director Adrián Saba

TUESDAY, MARCH 25
The Cleaner (Peru, 2012)
7:30pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center 
+ Exclusive Q&A with Director Adrián Saba
+ Reception

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26
Eat Sleep Die (Sweden, 2012)
7:15pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center
+ Screening of Goodman Short "Plant Closing"

THURSDAY, MARCH 27
Secret Screening!
5:00pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center 
+ Reception
Co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Sofia's Last Ambulance (Bulgaria/Germany/Croatia, 2012)
7:15pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center
+ Screening of Goodman Short "Nurse"

FRIDAY, MARCH 28
Short Film Competition
7:15pm | Melwood Screening Room 
+ Reception
Open City of Amereida (Chile/USA, 2013)
9:00pm | Melwood Screening Room
+ Exclusive Q&A with Director Andres Tapia-Urzua

SATURDAY, MARCH 29
GriGris (Chad/France, 2013)
6:00pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center
+ Performance by Nego Gato
+ Reception

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2
Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.? Vamos Meninas! (USA/Brazil, 2013)
7:00pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center 
+ Exclusive Q&A with Director Heather Arnet

THURSDAY, APRIL 3
Women's Day (Poland, 2012)
5:00pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center
Trapped (Iran, 2012)
7:00pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center
+ Exclusive Q&A with Director Parviz Shahbazi

FRIDAY, APRIL 4
At Berkeley (USA, 2013)
4:30pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center
+ Reception

SATURDAY, APRIL 5
Sweet Dreams (Rwanda/USA, 2012)
Closing Night! 6:30pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center
+ Exclusive Q&A with Director Lisa Fruchtman
+ Closing Night Reception  

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