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Cleveland International Film Festival: The Pursuit

March 28, 2019

CCWA is proud to be a community partner again at this year’s Cleveland International Film Festival. Our partner film, The Pursuit, will be screening on March 28 at 4:45PM, March 29 at 7:40PM and March 31 at 9:30AM. Use the code CCWA to receive a discount when purchasing tickets.

About the film:

Award-winning economist, Arthur Brooks, places himself at the intersection of culture and politics in The Pursuit, a thought-provoking documentary exploring our global economy and its impact on the citizens of the world. The film travels the globe seeking understanding of impoverished communities and their progress—or stagnation—as a result of capitalism, socialistic ideals, and state-run welfare systems. While many immigrants to the United States and newly independent nations sought freedom from socialist governments to benefit from capitalism, the present-day political climate complicates both economies, leaving plenty of room for healthy discussion. Brooks visits the bustling streets of Mumbai, a once-thriving coal mining town in Kentucky, the presumably happiest nation of Denmark, a street rally in Barcelona, Spain, and an Indian monastery for a truly global view on these topics. Rather than embracing a definitive political stance, The Pursuit offers an opportunity for genuine conversation about individuals’ opinions, experiences, and views of the best ways we can all support each other—regardless of class or social status—in our pursuit of happiness.

Film Forum:

After the March 28 screening, join us for a discussion on the question: If capitalism is the answer, then what’s the question?

Susan Helper, Ph.D.; Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics, Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University
John Papola; Director, “The Pursuit”
Marcus R. Schultz-Bergin, Ph.D.; Assistant College Lecturer, Department of Philosophy & Comparative Religion, Cleveland State University
Mark E. Schweitzer, Ph.D.; Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Michael K. McIntyre; Sound of Ideas host, ideastream®, and columnist, The Plain Dealer

For more information about our partner film and the film festival, and to purchase tickets, visit CIFF online. Use the code CCWA to receive a discount when purchasing tickets.


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