Carnegie Mellon University

Film Festival

February 10, 2023

The CMU International Film Festival Presents "What We Left Unfinished"

Directed by Mariam Ghani

Run Time: 72 mins 
Released: USA/Afghanistan/Qatar, 2019 
Language: Dari and English with subtitles

February 16th at 6pm in McConomy Auditorium, CUC.
Tickets: $5

Director Mariam Ghani’s documentary, What We Left Unfinished, captures just that — five unfinished films from Afghanistan’s communist era, which took place between 1978 and 1992. Ghani, through the splicing and piecing together of these films, attempts to highlight the ways in which art and politics interacted during this period of time in the country. The film provides an immersive experience into each of these pieces, allowing viewers to analyze the ways film can function as an artifact rather than a fully-formed ideological entity. What We Left Unfinished brings to light the dedication of filmmakers to their craft in a time when ideas and creative freedom underwent an extensive level of scrutiny and control.

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Faces of Change, 2023

March 16-April 2, 2023


Full program coming soon...

As the COVID-19 pandemic relaxes its grip, unrest destabilizes the status quo, and the rumblings of war threaten new struggle, the world seems to irreversibly change with every headline. Each morning, we wake up to developments that upset our preconceived notions about our place in the world and how it operates, and we continuously change, adapt, and try to make sense of the new, the mysterious, and the challenging. Change — whatever form it takes — constantly shapes our realities. 


Change is integral to how we approach, navigate, and live life, and FACES OF CHANGE seeks to explore the ways it manifests, the anxieties it represents, and the hope it promises. How does change affect us, and how do we, ourselves, change in response to the new? Can we trace change, from the shots heard 'round the world, to the minute ones that affect only the individual? How do we work through change, or resist when it's no longer desired? Through film, and the privileged perspective it grants us, the CMU IFF hopes to answer these questions, and asks all of us to reflect on change, and our relationship with, for, and against it.

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