GFI Sets Plans for 12 City Global Lens U.S. Tour
by Ali Gitlow
The Global Film Initiative (GFI) has announced that it's new program, Global Lens: New Cinema From the Developing World, will expand into a year-long event. The series will travel to 12 U.S. locations showcasing 10 films in each city after debuting at the MoMA Film at the Gramercy Theater in New York from November 13-30. The program will include an educational outreach component, with a contact in each city to work with local high schools.
After its stay at MoMA, Global Lens will travel to Denver at the Denver Film Society from November 21 - December 14. Next year it will kick off in Minneapolis at the Walker Art Center, January 8-29 followed by: San Rafael, CA at the California Film Institute, February 1-20; Cleveland at the Cleveland Institute of Art, February 18-29; Boston at the Museum of Fine Arts, March 3-24; Sarasota, FL at the Sarasota Film Society, March 19-25; Madison, WI at the UW-Madison Arts Institute, April 1-17; Columbus, OH at the Wexner Center for the Arts, April 7-29; Portland, OR at the Northwest Film Center, May 1-20; Los Angeles at the California Institute of the Arts, May 21 - June 7; Chicago, IL at The Gene Siskel Film Center, September 3-30; and Houston at the Museum of Fine Arts, October 12-27.
As previously announced, this year's Global Lens will include Djamshed Usmonov's "Angel on the Right" (Tajikstan), Jilani Saadi's "Khorma" (Tunisia), Cláudio Assis' "Mango Yellow" (Brazil), Renato Falcão's "Margarette's Feast" (Brazil), Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti's "Nothing" (Cuba), Yamina Bachir-Chouikh's "Rachida" (Algeria), Adoor Gopalakrishnan's "Shadow Kill" (India), Rashid Masharawi's "Ticket to Jerusalem" (Palestine), Manijeh Hekmat's "Women's Prison" (Iran), and Joel Lamangan's "Wretched Lives" (Philippines).
The aim of the GFI is to encourage cultural exchange through the film medium, and this came into play in selecting the films to be shown. It does this through its Granting Program, Acquisitions Program, Distribution Program and Education Program. Many of the Global Lens Films were acquired at the Cannes, Toronto and Rotterdam Film Festival.
GFI Chairwoman Susan Weeks Coulter said in a prepared statement "The mission of Global Lens is to make sure these films are presented to general audiences and high school students alike in a context that delivers both entertainment and a real understanding of our neighbors from around the world."
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