March 19-28, 2010




Film Screening/Reception with Question and Answer Session                                   

CMU’s Park Library Auditorium

Sponsored by WCMU, The Clarke Historical Library and made possible by a grant from American Experience, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

 In Earth Days, acclaimed director Robert Stone traces the origins of the modern environmental movement through the eyes of nine Americans who propelled the movement from its beginnings in the 1950’s to it moment of triumph in 1970 with the original Earth Day, and to its status as a major political force in America.  Drawing heavily on eyewitness testimony and a wealth of never before seen archival footage, Stone examines the revolutionary achievements of a decade of groundbreaking activism.





ABSURDISTAN (2008) Germany   Wed., Mar. 24 & Thurs., Mar. 25 7PM CMU Park Library

Absurdistan is a romantic Arabic comedy that takes place in a remote and forgotten mountain town of the former Soviet Union. The movie is centered around two childhood sweethearts who seem destined for one another until the women of their isolated village, angered by male indifference toward the water shortage, go on a sex strike that threatens the young couple's future sex life. Now it is up to the male of the couple to find a way to fix the loss of water, unite his community, and bring back love into his girlfriend’s heart.


 AFGHAN STAR (2008) USA   Mon., Mar. 22 & Tues., Mar. 23 8:30PM CMU Park Library

Up-and-coming pop stars take their lives into their own hands: Rafi, a boy from Mazar-e-Sharif with a strong voice and a pretty face, Lima, a young woman from Kandahar who fears for her life every time she goes home, Hammeed, a young musician and classically trained singer from the Hazara ethnic group, and Setara, a controversial figure from Herat who wears the latest fashions and Bollywood make up.  Pop culture is renewing itself in Afghanistan, but the change is slow in coming.


BLISS (2007) Turkey   Wed., Mar. 24 & Fri., Mar. 26 9PM CMU Park Library

When Meryem is raped, her village condems her to death. Cemal, the son of the village leader, is given the duty to carrying out Meryem's death. However, a bond between the two forces the pair to go on the run. After meeting up with a charismatic  ex-professor running away from his own set of problems, the three set sail on a voyage that will forever change their lives.  


BRIGHT STAR (2009) United Kingdom  Sat., Mar. 20 3PM & Sun., Mar. 21 5:30PM Celebration! Cinema

Biopic on English poet John Keats and his romantic involvement with Fanny Brawne. The couple detest each other in the beginning, but love begins to blossom as the two help each other deal with sick relatives and personal insecurities. Facing disapproving family and friends, they turn to each other for love and support in a world filled with fear and illness.


BURMA VJ (2009) Denmark   Thurs., Mar. 25  9PM & Fri., Mar. 26 7PM CMU Park Library 

Foreign news crews were banned, the Internet was shut down in the country of Burma in 2007, and Burma was closed to the outside world as thousands protested the cruel, Burmese government. Enter the Democratic Voice of Burma, aka the Burma VJs. Compiled from their handheld footage, acclaimed filmmaker Anders Østergaard's Burma VJ- Reporting from a Closed Country pulls us in as the VJs themselves become the target of the Burmese government. 2010 Oscar nominated for Best Documentary.


CAPITALISM: A Love Story  (2009) USA   Sun., Mar. 21 9PM,  Fri., Mar. 26 4PM, & Sat., Mar. 27 Noon Celebration! Cinema 

Michael Moore is at it again. This time, his film "Capitalism: A Love Story" takes aim at America's love of capitalism. From  Wall Street to Main Street, Moore looks at the price America is now paying for this love. The American dream, which just a few years ago was  something to aspire to, is now looked at as a nightmare. 


CRUDE (2009) USA   Fri., Mar. 19 & Sun., Mar. 21 7PM CMU Park Library

  Crude is the real-life documentary film about the $27 billion dollar Amazon Chernobyl case, in which the oil company Texaco refused to be held responsible for the horrific environmental destruction caused by their oil drilling in the Amazon rainforest.  This film exposes Texaco’s corruptness and greediness, and it shockingly reveals the effects of contamination on life in the Amazon.  Directed by Joe Berlinger.


FILM GEEK (2005) USA   Sat., Mar. 27 & Sun., Mar. 28 7PM Broadway Theatre

The Film Geek is a comedy about a socially awkward young man with a passion for movies. After he gets fired from his video store job he finds a new obsession in a woman who, sadly, already has a boyfriend. However, his life is about to change and, through the magic of films, he might just make it.  



FOOD, INC. (2008) USA   Sat., Mar. 20 & Sun., Mar. 21 7PM Broadway Theatre

This film opens the door to America’s food industry.  Citizens now get their food from a handful of major companies who seem to put profit ahead of safety.  We have bigger, better, longer lasting food but we also have new strains of e coli, are riddled with widespread obesity and have an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.  This film attempts to discover what the food companies have been doing, and what Americans can do about it. 2010 Oscar nominated for Best Documentary.



THE GOEBBELS EXPERIMENT (2005) Germany  Fri., Mar. 19 7PM & Sun., Mar. 21 9PM Broadway Theatre

Scientist. Propagandist. Genocidal Monster.  This documentary uses the personal diaries of Josef Goebbels to reconstruct the life of the second most powerful man of Nazi Germany's Third Reich. Goebbels most intimate thoughts--self-pity, hero worship for his Fuhrer, and wild extermination fantasies--are combined with never before seen historical footage, to create an intimate portrait of one of the 20th centuries most infamous figures.


THE HEADLESS WOMAN (2008) Argentina  Fri., Mar. 26 9PM & Sun., Mar. 28 8:45PM Broadway Theatre

Acclaimed Argentinean filmmaker Lucrecia Martel steps back behind the camera for her third feature film. This tense thriller is about a woman who fails to recognize the people surrounding her, as well as their intentions, after inadvertently running something over while driving on the highway.


HERSKOVITS AT THE HEART OF BLACKNESS   (2009) USA   Sat., Mar. 20 7PM & Sun., Mar. 21 5PM  CMU Park Library

Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness is a documentary about the life and career of Melville J. Herskovits. Herskovits was a Jewish American anthropologist of African Studies and one of the most controversial intellectuals of the 20th century. Throughout the movie, other professionals look back how this Jewish immigrant played a decisive role in the shaping of modern African American and African identities.



MADE IN CHINA (2007) USA  Sat., Mar. 20 9PM & Sun., Mar. 21 9:10PM  CMU Park Library 

This film reveals the hard life of a Chinese citizen, forced to work for far less than minimum wage.  Made in China follows the lives of a typical migrant couple, Heqing and Heping Fan, including their first trip home after two years in the city. They both work in the Cixi Industrial Zone, a manufacturing center with over 1,000,000 workers, which are peasants. They work in a plant manufacturing bathroom products seven days a week twelve hours a day for approximately $.45 an hour.



PETER AND VANDY (2009) USA   Fri., Mar. 26 7PM & Sat., Mar. 27 8:45PM       Broadway Theatre

Peter and Vandy is a love story told out of order.  Most movie romances end when the relationship is beginning. Peter and Vandy’s love story goes much further than that. The story shifts back and forth in time, whipping between their romantic beginnings and the inevitable struggles that follow.  It tells the story from the end of their relationship backwards to the beginning.


PIRATE RADIO (2009) USA   FRI., Mar. 26 7PM & Sun., Mar. 28 4PM Celebration! Cinema

The true story of how 8 DJs changed the world of Rock N' Roll and radio forever.  Taking place In the 1960s these rebel DJs, on a boat in the middle of the Northern Atlantic, played rock records and broke the law all for the love of music, and to stand up to the British Government. The film speaks to the defiant rocker in everybody.


PRECIOUS (2009) USA  Sat., Mar. 20 & Sun., Mar. 21 Noon Celebration! Cinema

Claireece "Precious" Jones is a Harlem 9th grader facing a world of problems. An abusive home life, pregnant for the second time by an absentee father, and illiteracy  are just some of the struggles Precious is fighting to overcome. 'Precious' is a vibrant, honest and resoundingly hopeful film about the human capacity to grow and overcome. This film has recieved six 2010 Oscar nominations for: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Director, and Best Motion Picture.


SEASIDE (2002) France   Fri., Mar. 19 9:10 PM & Sat., Mar. 20 5PM CMU Park Library

This award winning French film is a romantic drama about Cayeux, a small beach town in France. Marie, who works at a pebble processing plant, has a boyfriend, Paul, who does not understand her dreamy temperament and overpowers her with his clumsy love. The vacationers of Cayeux remind Marie that youthful dreams are fulfilled elsewhere. She wants to leave and when Marie meets Albert at work, she hopes her dreams will be fulfilled with this possible Prince Charming.


A SERIOUS MAN (2009) USA   Fri., Mar. 19 4PM & Sun., Mar. 21 3PM Celebration! Cinema

Larry Gopnik, a physics professor, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him for another man. His daughter is stealing money from him, and his brother currently resides on Larry's couch. In the crazy world of 1967, Larry Gopnik is just looking for a little direcion; a little help becoming a serious man. 2010 Oscar nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.


TIMECRIMES (2008) Spain   Fri., Mar. 19 9:10PM & Sat., Mar. 20 9PM Broadway Theatre 

A science-fiction thriller, Timecrimes combines mystery, murder, and time travel. After inadvertently becoming involved in what appears to be a murder, Hector flees for his life only to find he’s been transported through time just hours earlier. Timecrimes, the first feature film from Nacho Vigalondo, is a mind-bending ride through time.



WAITING FOR ARMAGEDDON (2009) USA   Mon., Mar. 22 & Tues., Mar. 23 7PM CMU Park Library

"Evangelist" means "bringer of glad tidings".  Ironically, the primary message of religious evangelical groups is one of a bloody apocalypse as told in the Book of Revelations.  More than just an outrageous trend, the movement is 50 million strong and has great political and social influence. This documentary explores the culture of those who wait impatiently for the end of the world.




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