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SF360: Global Lens Focuses Eye on Developing World Cinema

By Indiewire | Indiewire October 26, 2007 at 9:14AM

Since its inaugural year in 2002, the Global Lens Film Festival has gotten around, rather restlessly around, crisscrossing the country from Manhattan to Vashon Island with many far-flung points in between like a Beatnik with a yen for riding the rails. Which is more or less the idea. Except that instead of setting out to discover America, the traveling series of recent Third World cinema -- a cornerstone of the nonprofit Global Film Initiative (GFI) -- is out to help overwhelmingly passportless Americans discover the world. Robert Avila reports.
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Since its inaugural year in 2002, the Global Lens Film Festival has gotten around, rather restlessly around, crisscrossing the country from Manhattan to Vashon Island with many far-flung points in between like a Beatnik with a yen for riding the rails. Which is more or less the idea. Except that instead of setting out to discover America, the traveling series of recent Third World cinema -- a cornerstone of the nonprofit Global Film Initiative (GFI) -- is out to help overwhelmingly passportless Americans discover the world. Robert Avila reports.






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