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Know Your Place

Directed by Zia Mohajerjasbi 

Run Time: 118 mins 
United States/2022 
Language:  English, Tigrinya

Robel Haile and his best friend, Fahmi Tadesse, traverse the neighborhoods of Seattle to deliver a suitcase to a sick family member. Through their journey, viewers discover the rapidly gentrifying city and its effects on the two young men. The film provides a subtle way to explore a family’s struggles with self identity, familial responsibility, and living in diaspora.

Co-presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center &
the Center for African American Urban Studies, and Heinz College Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Climate and Equity at Carnegie Mellon University

Co-sponsored by the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh and Mansions on Fifth  Hotel

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"This drama is a deep dive into a Seattle subculture that has rarely if ever been shown before with such intimacy. Character-driven and of the moment, it takes us on an unexpected journey of discovery, and reminds us of the daily hardships of living on the margins in America." — Variety

Event includes

Q&A and Discussion with director Zia Mohajerjasbi


Followed by catered reception

+ Special Workshop!

April 2 | 11 AM at 1Hood Media

Exclusive Workshop with director Zia Mohajerjasbi

Co-presented with DuoLingo and 1Hood Media


Zia Mohajerjasbi 

 Iranian-American filmmaker Zia Mohajerjasbi began his career shooting music videos for Macklemore, Blue Scholars, Jake One, and Common Market. In 2009, Zia won the “Genius Award,” presented by The Stranger, and was the youngest recipient of that award. He wrote and directed an award-winning short film, Hagereseb, in 2015. With a background from Seattle, Zia bases much of his work around the city, as seen in his debut feature-length film, Know Your Place.



  • Grand Jury Prize, New American Cinema Competition

           Seattle International Film Festival

  • Golden Space Needle Award for Best Film

           Seattle International Film Festival

Screening Soon!

Date: April 1
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: August Wilson African American Cultural Center

                         980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA

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