Two Chicago film festivals to check out this weekend

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Photo from the documentary "The Fading Valley," which is being shown at Peace on Earth International Film Festival

If you’re into good cinema and lots of it, you can get your fix in Chicago this weekend. Two separate film festivals are happening right now.

The Peace on Earth Film Festival is a nonprofit event featuring 41 independent films from around the world focused on the themes of peace, nonviolence, social justice and eco-balance. The 7th annual festival runs March 19-22 at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater (78 E. Washington Street). There will also be panel discussions, speeches and Q & A sessions. See the full schedule of events here. Admission is free and open to the public.

The 18th Annual European Union Film Festival is also underway at the Art Institute’s Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State Street). Between now and April 2, catch the premieres of dozens of new films by renown directors from 27 nations. This weekend’s schedule includes films from Germany, France, Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, and Lithuania. You can purchase a festival pass for $50 (allows entry to 6 films) or individual show tickets for $11 each.

Follow @UrbanAgendaWGN on Twitter for more fun stuff going on around the city. Send us your ideas and photos – they might be featured in a future post. Now get out and enjoy Chicago!

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