Weekly Movie Roundup: November 16th – November 22nd

November 17th

Food Systems, Chapter 1: A Night Out


Bar Marco will host a screening of the locally produced film Food Systems, Chapter 1: A Night OutThe feature-length documentary charts the history of Pittsburgh restaurants from the late 1970s to today, from the introduction of French cuisine to the integration of world flavors and local food sources. Universal topics like the steps to open and run a restaurant, restaurant life, how class impacts restaurant choice, gentrification, sexism in the industry, and labor trends are discussed. The screening begins at 7 p.m. A discussion with the director Dave Bernabo will follow. Snacks and drinks are included. The event is free and open to the public (though donations are accepted).

November 19th November 21st

 Sembène Film & Art Festival


The Sembène Film & Art Festival will present multiple screenings “that speak, unflinchingly, to the important issues facing the modern African Diaspora.” Selections include the Rob Williams documentary Negroes with Guns, the Danny Glover-led drama Supremacy, and the Mary Lou Williams documentary The Lady Who Swings the Band. All screenings will take place at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Homewood.

November 20th

(T)ERROR Preview Screening


Carnegie Mellon University will present a sneak preview of the award-winning documentary (T)ERROR as a lead-up to the school’s 10th annual CMU International Film Festival. Shot in Pittsburgh, the film goes undercover to investigate the FBI sting operation of a Wilkinsburg terror suspect. Saeed “Shariff” Torres, a counterterrorism informant for more than two decades, takes on what he swears is his last job for the FBI and invites filmmakers to follow his covert efforts to befriend a suspected jihadist – without informing his superiors. As surprising revelations emerge, not only about Torres’ past, but also about the increasingly murky ethical grounds of his present mission, the film explores just how far we are going to prevent terror and exactly what liberties we are sacrificing to get there. The (T)ERROR preview event will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Cohon University Center, and includes a reception and post-screening Q&A with the film’s co-director Lyric Cabral. The event is free and open to the public.

Tropic Thunder Q&A


The Row House Cinema will present a special screening of Tropic Thunder with the film’s set designer, Julie Smith. The 2008 comedy stars Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., and Brandon T. Jackson as four actors who face real danger while filming in Southeast Asia. Smith has worked in various roles on films and television shows, including Numb3rsWalk the Line, and the Red Dawn remake. Tropic Thunder will screen at 7 p.m. Smith will introduce the film and stick around for a post-screening Q&A. Tickets are $9 and are available for purchase on the Row House website

November 20th November 22nd



The Hollywood Theater will screen the award-winning drama Difret. Based on a true story, the film from executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt and writer/director Zeresenay Berhane Mehari follows a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights. When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted in her rural village’s tradition of kidnapping women for marriage, she fights back, accidentally killing her captor and intended husband. Local law demands a death sentence for Hirut, but Meaza, a tough and passionate lawyer from a women’s legal aide practice, steps in to fight for her. With both Hirut’s life and the future of the practice at stake the two women must make their case for self-defense against one of Ethiopia’s oldest and most deeply-rooted traditions. Tickets are between $5 and $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix.


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