Come join the Carnegie Mellon University International Film Festival for its Opening Night event, kicking of the 2017 season "Faces of Identity." The event will include the Pittsburgh Premiere of the film "I, Daniel Blake" (2016) and a moderated Q&A discussion by Roger Rouse, Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. A reception with light food and drink will follow after. About the film: "I, Daniel Blake" portrays one man's journey through economic and social challenges facing working-class families throughout the world today. Although the film is set in the UK, the problems its characters encounter will be all too familiar to audiences in the U.S. People trying to find a steady job, feed a family, and receive the health care that they need are increasingly reduced by cumbersome and discouraging bureaucracies to little more than numbers on a page. How does a man who has suffered a heart attack and has been forced out of his job deal with the mounting obstacles to care and support that are thrown in his path? The stubbornly defiant Daniel Blake takes a stand, joining with a struggling single mother and her two children in a shared fight for dignity and compassion. Graced with humor and heart, "I, Daniel Blake," winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, is a moving, much-needed reminder of the power of empathy and solidarity from one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers.