The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Duquesne University will present their fall Spanish Film Club series, which is entitled Celebrating the New Wave of Ibero American Cinema. See schedule and details below:
The hand-drawn animated feature from GKIDS opens with former bank manager Emilio being dispatched to a retirement home by his family. His new roommate is a wily wheeler-dealer named Miguel, who cheerfully swindles small amounts of cash from the more befuddled residents but is also full of handy insider tips that are crucial to survival. Like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in an old-folks home, we are introduced to daily pill regimens, electric gates, and nighttime joyrides, as the reality of Emilio’s future life begins to sink in. Featuring the voice work of Martin Sheen (The West Wing), Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises) and George Coe (Archer).
Guarani (The People’s Language)
Pequenas Mentiras Piadosas (The Travel Agent)
From her office overlooking the US Interests Section, Lourdes counsels thousands of Cubans seeking a travel visa for the US. She coaches them on how to answer the trick questions, so they have better chances to succeed. Despite helping others to travel, she has never been able to visit her mother, son and other 22 relatives in Florida. After a long wait, Lourdes’ time has finally come: her interview is set. Her dream to visit her dying mother was never so close. Will she able to travel and overturn her destiny of forced separation?
Todos se van (Everybody Leaves)
Shot in Colombia (because the director didn’t get permission to film in Cuba) and featuring a cast consisting mostly of expatriate Cuban actors, Everybody Leaves is a celebration of freedom and a confrontation of the authoritarian
Cuban regime of the 1980s, which led to one of the country’s worst economic crises. Eight-year-old Nieve is the object of her parents’ custody battle. Her mother, Eva, is an artist who believes in the revolution and disagrees with censorship or authoritarianism. She is re-married to Dan, a Swede working on the construction of a nuclear plant. Nieve’s father Manuel is a playwright who sacrifices his artistic career to write government propaganda in a remote area of the country.
Through her diary entries, Nieve reveals intimate details of a turbulent family life while painting an authentic portrait of the social and political unrest in Cuba under the rule of Castro.
Each screening will take place at 7:05 p.m. in Room 105 of Duquesne’s College Hall. The series is free and open to the public.
From September 6th though September 11th, the city will have a jolly good time with Britsburgh, an event promoting United Kingdom connections in the Pittsburgh area. Along with UK cuisine, tea times and other Anglo traditions, the festival will also feature movie screenings at Row House Cinema, Duquesne University, Sewickley Public Library and the Hartwood Mansion. See film schedule and details below:
Mansfield Park – Duquesne University
Duquesne University will include a screening of the film Mansfield Park as part of their Jane Austen and the Theater event. Based on Austen’s eponymous novel, the 1999 British romantic comedy follows Fanny Price, a penniless young woman whose wit and moral fortitude guide her through the trials of high society at her wealthy relatives’ estate. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Bayer Learning Center of the Bayer Pappert Lecture Hall.
Friday Afternoon Movies and Cinema Circle Foreign Film Club – Sewickley Public Library
The Sewickley Public Library will present various British film during two series, Friday Afternoon Movies and Cinema Circle Foreign Film Club. The Friday Afternoon selections include the 2006 award-winning drama The Queen, the 1951 heist film The Lavender Hill Mob and the 1993 C.S. Lewis biopic Shawdowlands. Cinema Circle Foreign Film Club will focus on the 1993 Irish comedy The Snapper, which follows a family trying to deal with one daughter’s scandalous pregnancy to a man she refuses to name.
All Friday Afternoon screenings will take place at 3 p.m. The Circle Foreign Film Club screening will take on September 7th at 6 p.m. with a film discussion to follow at the same time on September 21st.
British Film Festival – Row House Cinema
Row House Cinema and Bierport Tap Room will kick off a week of British and UK cinema with a shepherd’s pie tasting and happy hour on September 9th. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 and are available for purchase at the Row House website. Includes pie portion and one complimentary beer.
The week’s films include the 1949 thriller The Third Man, the 1979 Monty Python feature Life Of Brian, the 1996 Scottish drug trip Trainspotting and the 2005 indie musical comedy Kinky Boots. Showtimes will continue through September 15th.
Mary Poppins in the Park – Hartwood Mansion
Hartwood Acres Park will present an outdoor screening of Mary Poppins on the Hartwood Mansion lawn. The 1964 Disney movie musical stars Julie Andrews as a magical nanny who takes two upper-class children on a series of adventures through Edwardian London. The film begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
On Jan. 22nd, Duquesne University will kick off their eighth annual Human Rights Film Series. With a focus on this year’s theme, Oppression and Opportunity, the event will feature six critically acclaimed documentaries that address social justice issues around the globe. Please see below for schedule and details:
White Like Me
Based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, White Like Me explores race and racism in the U.S. through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. In a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we’ve entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a fascinating look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today.
The screening will take place in Duquesne University’s Power Center Ballroom. A discussion with Pittsburgh chief of police Cameron S. McLay, NAACP Pittsburgh chapter president Connie Parker, and Duquesne professor of philosophy Dr. George Yancy will follow the film.
Power & Control: Domestic Violence in America
The complex issues surrounding domestic abuse are refracted through the story of Kim, a mother of three in Duluth, MN. Power & Control follows Kim and her children from their early days in a battered women’s shelter. She sets out to start a new life, but soon finds that there are no easy happy endings. The film also covers the hugely influential Duluth Model, a set of widely-adopted domestic violence policies that are now challenged by increasingly vocal critics, and looks at how leaders of the battered women’s movement are struggling to maintain the spirit of sisterhood that has propelled the movement for 30 years. The multi-layered narrative also explores key issues involving law enforcement, advocacy, and health care.
Nicole Molinaro Karaczun, Director of Services at the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, will speak at the screening event.
Thirty years ago the U.S. Government issued its first ever dietary guidelines, and with it one of the greatest health epidemics of our time ensued. In her documentary feature debut, executive producer and narrator Katie Couric joins Laurie David (An Inconvenient Truth), Regina Scully (The Invisible War) and Stephanie Soechtig (Tapped) to explore why, despite media attention and government policies to combat childhood obesity, generations of kids will now live shorter lives than their parents. In riveting interviews with the country’s leading experts, Fed Up lays bare a decades-long misinformation campaign orchestrated by Big Food and aided and abetted by the U.S. Government.
Samantha Montgomery, a wellness expert and Eat Right Pittsburgh Mentoring Chair, will speak at the screening event.
Not My Life
Filmed in a dozen countries across five continents, Not My Life depicts the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. The documentary takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited every day through an array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering. Narrated by Glenn Close.
The Fourth World
One sixth of the world’s population – over one billion people – live in slums, where they fight to survive on around $2 day. The Fourth World travels to three continents to meet individuals most affected by poverty. Journey with the filmmakers to Guatemala, Kenya and the Philippines and listen to published experts as they bring understanding to why slums exist, and foreshadow what’s going to happen if the world ignores this social powder keg much longer.
#ReGENERATION explores the galvanizing forces behind the Occupy Movement and the state of social activism in our society, and offers an uncompromising look at the challenges facing today’s youth and young adults as they attempt to engage on a myriad of social and political issues. Narrated by Ryan Gosling and featuring a soundtrack from STS9, the documentary explores how today’s generation approaches activism, how it is impacted by technology, our disconnection with nature and history, our consumer culture, and the economic factors holding many of us back from becoming more active participants in our communities.
All Human Rights Film Series screenings will take place in 105 College Hall (with the exception of White Like Me) at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.