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Faces of Globalization: The 2010 CMU International Film Festival
by Quelcy T. Kogel Monday, Mar. 22, 2010 at 10:02 PM
March 25th-April 24th, 2010. A selection of 14 award-winning, contemporary international films and documentaries, an international short film competition, speakers, directors Q&A sessions, free receptions provided by local businesses, African drummer, discounts for Bike PGH members, all at low rates and special student discounts!
On paper, “globalization” broadly defines the integration of regional economies, societies and cultures in a global network. Trade, capital flows, migration and the growth of technology have expanded beyond their previous confines. We are living in what has even been dubbed “The Era of Globalization,” but what are the ramifications of such developments? Is globalization a culprit or a cure to global issues?
In film, what does “globalization” mean? This is the question Faces of Globalization poses through a presentation of contemporary documentaries and feature lengths from a wide range of authors and perspectives. In order to humanize the debate, there must be a face to the issue. In its fourth year, the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival continues to put faces to its theme, authors on the scene and audience members in the dialogue.
If the gravity of a totalitarian regime seems ill fitting as the subject for a musical, Yodok Stories will be mind changing. In Z32, an ex-soldier faces the reality of a revenge killing operation. His girlfriend faces the reality that she may love a murderer. On one side of the border in The Wondrous World of Laundry, high-class hotel guests sleep on crisp, clean sheets. On the other side, four hundred workers labor day and night, quickly, efficiently and routinely for low wages. These are just a few of the faces that will be filling the screen.
For full details and to join the dialogue, visit http://www.cmu.edu/faces.
"Pray The Devil Back to Hell"
Directed by Gini Reticker and Abigail Disney; Liberia, 2008; 72 minMarch 26, 2010
7:15pm at The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater