Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival, "Faces of Globalization," runs through April 24 at various venues.
This week's schedule:
7:15 p.m.: "In Service: Iraq to Pittsburgh" (USA, Iraq, 2008), McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center, Oakland. Today's digital age makes it hard for images of war to break through our desensitization. When such images come from our own folks in our own cities like Pittsburgh, they hit home -- and bring the war home -- much more viscerally. This film features real interviews with real local Iraq War veterans. Director Ralph Vituccio will appear.
7:15 p.m.: "The Garden" (USA, 2007), Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. Despite urban blight and memories of the 1992 L.A. riots, South Central Farmers maintain an urban garden until bulldozers threaten to demolish. It's a 14-acre urban community garden oasis, largest of its kind in the country, created in 1994 to help heal and serve the city after the riots. Three hundred fifty mostly Hispanic farmers and their families work together growing their own fruits and vegetables. Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy follows the threat of eviction to make way for warehouses and a soccer field, discovering the crooked land deal that undermined them. Oscar-nominated for best documentary, it's a tale of greed and corruption and a group of people that refused to stay silent. The film's director will appear. (Repeats 7:15 p.m. April 8 at AJ Palumbo Hall, Carlow University, Oakland.)
General admission for each film is $7; $4 for students. Festival pass is $40; $20 for students. For schedule, film descriptions and reservations, visit www.cmu.edu/faces.