23 Sep 2018


Silk Screen Festival: Wajib

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Alumni Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

2017 | Palestine, France, Germany, Colombia, Norway, Qatar and UAE | 96 Minutes | Drama

Divorced father Abu Shadi has accepted that he will be living alone once his daughter’s upcoming wedding takes place. In the meantime, Shadi, his architect son, arrives from Rome after years abroad to help his father in hand-delivering the wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom. In this tense, yet quirky take on the relationship of an estranged father and son, Wajib challenges the fragility and differences in lifestyles between countries and generations.

27 Sep 2018


Silk Screen Festival: Centerpiece:Disappearance

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Regent Square Theater, 1035 S Braddock Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15221

2017 | Iran and Qatar | 88 Minutes | Drama

26 Sep 2018


Silk Screen Festival: Daha

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 8:30pm to 11:30pm
Harris Theater 809 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222

2017 | Turkey | 115 Minutes | Drama

In Onur Saylak's debut feature, fourteen-year-old Gaza helps his domineering father smuggle refugees from war-torn countries to Europe, giving them temporary lodgings and scant food until they attempt the crossing. Gaza dreams of escaping this life, but can't help being drawn into a dark world of immorality, exploitation, and human suffering. Gritty and disturbing, Daha asks the question: can you avoid becoming a monster when you've been raised by one?

General Admission: $10.00

29 Sep 2018


Silk Screen Festival: Abu

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:30pm
Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222

2017 | Canada/ Pakistan/Japan/Saudi Arabia/Thailand| 80 Minutes | Documentary

Abu is a journey to the center of a fragmented family while they grapple with religion, sexuality, colonialism and migration. Through a tapestry of narratives composed of family footage, observation and classic Bollywood films, gay-identifying Pakistani-Muslim filmmaker Arshad Khan takes viewers through the tense relationships between family and fate, conservatism and liberalism and modernity and familiarity.

General Admission: $10.00

First Screening:

14 Apr 2018


Film Showing: Out of Cordoba

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Doherty Hall, Room 2210, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213
Sponsored By: 
The Pennsylvania Chapter of CAIR

"Out of Cordoba" is an award-winning documentary film by Jacob Bender, CAIR-Philadelphia's Executive Director. The film explores the dramatic life and times of Averroes and Maimonides, the two leading personalities to emerge from the multifaith culture of medieval Muslim Spain. Filmed in the USA, Spain, Morocco, France, Italy, Egypt, Israel, and Palestine, and 10 years in the making, "Out of Cordoba" is a powerful plea for interfaith understanding in our own often violent times.

21 May 2018


Film Showing: Camp De Thiaroye

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Alphabet City, 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Sponsored By: 
City of Asylum

Join us for a screening of Camp De Thiaroye presented by Sembène – The Film & Art Festival.

Camp De Thiaroye is a true story that was hidden by the French colonial regime until this film. In 1944, after defeating the Nazis and liberating Paris in World War II, a group of African soldiers – from all over West Africa – report to a transit camp near Dakar. Many of the soldiers were prisoners of war of the Germans following the fall of France in 1940.


03 Apr 2018


Film Showing: After Spring

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 6:00pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
Hello Neighbor, Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, the Ford Institute for Human Security, CERIS, UCIS, GSPIA, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Join us for a special free screening of "After Spring," a feature documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis. With the Syrian conflict now in its eighth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. "After Spring" is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees.

08 Apr 2018


Film Showing: Human Flow

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 4:00pm
McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored By: 
Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival

Artist, activist, and director Ai Weiwei captures the worldwide refugee crisis in this breathtakingly epic journey. In this global point of view, Weiwei visits 23 different countries to follow refugees’ quest for things every human needs: safety, shelter, peace, and the opportunity to be who we are.

The event will also include a discussion panel, including Michael Goodhart, Director of Pitt's Global Studies Center.

A trailer can be viewed at

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.


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