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36th Cleveland International Film Festival prepares to launch

For years, the Cleveland International Film Festival has spotlighted diversity through a wide array of films about minorities, gays and lesbians, oppressed women and people willing to stand up for social-justice causes. Starting Thursday, as the 36th festival kicks off at Tower City Cinemas, the emphasis will be on filmmakers.

Thanks to a three-year grant of $150,000 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the festival has an expansive series focusing on the African diaspora with nine directors representing African-Americans, Africans, Afro-Europeans and black Canadians. Read more

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