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Cleveland’s annual cinema celebration takes off Friday in Tower City with 37 films on seven screens. The fun starts at 9:15 a.m. and runs past midnight. The next 10 days will bring us more than 300 movies from 84 countries in the 34th Cleveland International Film Festival. It’s the festival’s 20th year at Tower City Center. They moved the show from the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights in 1991.

This year features entries from countries rarely represented — Mauritania, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Uzbekistan. And there’s a rash of features with Cleveland and Ohio connections, such as the coming-of-age saga “The Taqwacores,” and “Fire in the Heartland,” a look at student protests and the Kent State shootings in 1970.

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