The theme is new and the faces are new, but once again Carnegie Mellon University’s International Film Festival brings the best to the 'burgh! Faces of Mechanization offers eight FULL LENGTH FEATURE FILMS AND DOCUMENTARIES including Polish art films, German documentaries and Argentinean film noir with supplementary presentations and surprises from our sponsors.

The topic encompasses everything emanating from the vast relationship between Man and Machine. In today's globalized industrial society, we are more and more defined by the mechanization that surrounds us: computers, iPhones, flatscreens and whatever the next upgrade brings. How does this technology affect the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the children we have, the way we live and the way we think? The films weave a common thread, expressing the same anxiety regarding industrialization and technology one finds in 19th and 20th century philosophy, literature, and art - how the individual strives to establish a stable identity in the face of an increasingly industrialized world? The Faces of Mechanization pose these questions. Meet Chinese factory workers, a Ukrainian coal miner, a talk show host who runs a fertility clinic and citizens of a voiceless metropolis.

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