Global Film Sets Initial Education and Distribution Slate
by Eugene Hernandez
Five international films from the festival circuit are set for the Global Film Initiative’s Distribution and Education programs. The foundation, aimed at promoting “cross-cultural understanding through cinema,” unveiled the slate on Monday. In the announcement, Initiative Chairperson Susan Coulter indicated that the films will are Rashid Masharawi’s “Ticket to Jerusalem” (Palestine), Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s “Shadow Kill” (India), Jilani Saadi’s “Khorma” (Tunisia), Renato Falcao’s “Margarette’s Feast” (Brazil), and Manijeh Hekmat’s “Women’s Prison” (Iran).
“These films represent a cross-section of the cinematic talents that American audiences are just not seeing on a sustained basis right now,” said Coulter in a prepared statement. “The Initiative is proud to include these compelling, original stories in our growing library.”
Masharawi’s “Ticket to Jerusalem” is described as the story of a Palestinian film projectionist’s perseverance that is “put to the test when he tries to organize a film screening in Jerusalem’s old city.” It was in the official selection at Cannes and has screened at the Toronto and New Directors/New Films festivals. Gopalakrishnan’s “Shadow Kill,” set in pre-independence India, is the story of a “state-appointed executioner (who) can no longer bear the guilty solitude of carrying out death sentences that are, more often than not, the result of politics rather than justice.” The film played at the Venice, Toronto and Rotterdam fests.
Jilani Saadi’s “Khorma,” which takes place in a Tunisian village, is the story of “the seemingly idiotic Khorma (who) is appointed the town’s official announcer of births, deaths and marriages, until his power begins to corrupt him. It screened at the Toronto fest. Falcao’s “Margarette’s Feast” is described as “an ode to classic silent films.” It is the story of “a working-class everyman in Brazil (who) escapes from his desperate life through the power of imagination. Its screened in Rotterdam and Tribeca. Finally, Hekmat’s “Women’s Prison” is described as the story of “a diverse collection of women, including officially non-existent prostitutes and drug addicts, (who) struggle to survive in a claustrophobic Iranian prison.” The film screened in Toronto, Rotterdam and Tribeca.
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