05 Apr 2018


Film Showing: Mali Blues

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
Carnegie Museum of Art Theatre, 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Sponsored By: 
Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival, CMU's Cause, CMU Department of History, Carlow University

This vibrant concert film follows four Malian musicians who use their music to stand up to religious extremism. When dance and secular music is prohibited, musical instruments are destroyed, and musicians are forced to flee, these Malian artists use their music to inspire tolerance and peace.

A trailer can be viewed at

Following the film showing there will be a Skype Q&A with director Lutz Gregor moderated by ethnomusicologist Colter Harper, PhD.

01 Apr 2018


Film Showing: Clash (Eshtebak)

Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 4:00pm
McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored By: 
Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival, Arab Student Organization

Taking place during the turmoil following the ousting of Egyptian president Morsi in 2013, Clash is set entirely inside a police truck. The detainees inside consist of Muslim Brotherhood, pro-army supporters, and those who identify as neither. Together, they must navigate their diverging political and religious backgrounds to survive this claustrophobic nightmare while violent protests rage outside.

A trailer can be viewed at

The film showing will be followed with a Skype Q&A.

20 Mar 2018


Film Showing: Salam Neighbor

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm
Room 125 (Auditorium) of the Frick Fine Arts Building, 650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Sponsored By: 
Hello Neighbor, Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, the Ford Institute for Human Security, CERIS, UCIS, GSPIA

Salam Neighbor is an award-winning film dubbed a “must see” by the UN Refugee Agency. It documents the life of Syrian refugees through the journey of the first two filmmakers permitted by the United Nations to register and set up a tent in a refugee camp. They spent one month in the Za’atari camp in the midst of one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises and captured both tales of trauma and inspiration.

A casual discussion will follow the film.

13 Mar 2018


Film Showing: My Name is Khan

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 7:00pm
Cathedral of Learning 407, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
University of Pittsburgh Religious Studies Department

Once a month, Spectacles invites religious studies, cultural studies, and film studies enthusiasts to join together and watch a movie with religious themes. The Spectacles film series is a student-led initiative in the University of Pittsburgh Religious Studies Department. Afterwards, religious studies majors will lead an open discussion about the movie. And of course, there will be snacks! We will be showing the following movies:

My Name is Khan: 3/13 at 7 PM in the Cathedral of Learning 407.
Spirited Away: 4/8 at 5 PM in the Cathedral of Learning 407.

12 Mar 2018


Radiance of Resistance: A Film Showing

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Carnegie Library East Liberty Branch, 130 S Whitfield St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206
Sponsored By: 
The Carnegie Library

Radiance of Résistance tells the story of Janna Ayyad 9 years old, and Ahed Tamimi 14 years old that live under military occupation in Nabi Saleh, Palestine. Janna Ayyad has been called the youngest journalist in Palestine. Ahed won the Handala Courage Award from Turkey when she was 13 and met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This film will take an intimate look at their everyday lives and their importance as the new generation of Palestinian non-violent resistance.

17 Nov 2017


Pittsburgh Architecture Movie Festival

Friday, November 17, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, November 18, 2017 (All day)
Springboard Design's Studio at 1931 Sidney Street, Pittsburgh PA

Pittsburgh Architecture Movie Festival (PAM) is a platform for the exploration of how people inhabit the built environment through the lens of film and other forms of kinetic imagery. Pam Fest 2017 is an opportunity to experience immersive, critical, narrative, experimental and dialogic film and architecture worlds and start thinking about how, why and where we live today and the problems and issues we face in these environments moving forward.

This fest features Kaz Rahman who is launching his book Islamic Art in Modern Film and Architecture.

02 Nov 2017


Free Film Screening: "Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS"

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Point Park University | Center for Media Innovation
Sponsored By: 
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh | Point Park University

Join us on Thursday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m. for a free film screening of the National Geographic documentary “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS.”

108 Center for Media Innovation
(corner of Wood Street and Third Avenue)
Point Park University

08 Nov 2017


Film screening: To My Father by the Palestinian

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Sponsored By: 
University of Pittsburgh Students for Justice in Palestine

Abdel Salam Shehada, A Palestinian filmmaker from Rafah, Gaza will join us to screen and discuss his very moving and personal film "To My Father". He looks at the changing role and meaning of photography in the lives of people in Gaza in his lifetime, especially since the Israeli occupation began in 1967. Shehada has been making documentary films for over thirty years and his work has been screened at film festivals around the world.

The film will be followed by questions and discussion.

20 Oct 2017


Displacement Film Series: Mare Nostrum and On the Bride's Side

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 7:30pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored By: 
Pitt Global Studies Center, International Week, CMU IFF

Join us for an International Week Event featuring films about refugee displacement followed by a discussion by Pitt Professor Heath Cabot.

Mare Nostrum (14 minutes)
On the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, a Syrian Father makes a decision that puts his daughter's life at risk.

03 Oct 2017


Five Broken Cameras

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Barco Law Building, University of PIttsburgh, Room 107
Sponsored By: 
Student For Justice in Palestine

Beginning in 2005, Palestinian Emad Burnet records his village's resistance to the encroachment of Israeli settlements.
Release date: May 30, 2012 (New York City)
Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Cast: Emad Burnat, Soraya Burnat, Mohammed Burnat, MORE
Editors: Guy Davidi, Véronique Lagoarde-Ségot
Nominations: Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
Producers: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi, Christine Camdessus, Serge Gordey



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