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Film Kitchen

Local short films and videos are featured at this monthly screening series


The monthly series for local and independent artists features “Jewels of Kandahar,” a short documentary by Kalpana Biswas exploring the struggles of a group of war widows in that Afghan city. Ten years after the fall of the Taliban, with U.S. forces departing, the women try to earn a living through a new business founded by an Afghan-American woman that trades on their country’s embroidery tradition; the women’s individual stories are as heartbreaking as the new enterprise (the only woman-run business in the city) is hopeful. Also screening are three shorts by James Garvin, including the comedy “Family Dilemma” and the PTSD drama “Sandbox.” Finally, the Sept. 13 Film Kitchen, curated by Matthew R. Day, screens several shorts (rescheduled from May) featuring writer, actor and comedian Tristan Reid: Three selected episodes of filmmaker Alistair McQueen’s “The Nomi Darling Show,” highlighting Reid’s drag persona, combine a look at Pittsburgh’s burlesque scene with sketch comedy about Nomi attempting to learn burlesque.

Eclipse at Carnegie Science Center
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Eclipse at Carnegie Science Center

By Mars Johnson