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Global Film Initiative Announces Spring Grant Recipients

Global Film Initiative Announces Spring Grant Recipients

The Global Film Initiative announced today that eight filmmakers have been awarded completion funding for their film projects in the organization’s Spring granting cycle. Film projects are selected based on their “artistic excellence, accomplished storytelling, and cultural perspective on daily life around the world.” The Spring 2006 recipients are: “Acne,” Federico Veiroj (Uruguay) about an akward teenage boy who has lost his virginity, but has never kissed a girl; “Agnus Dei,” Lucia Cedron (Argentina). about a young woman’s grandfather who is kidnapped and while working with her mother to negotiate his release, discovers details about the disappearance of her father; “Bad Day to Go Fishing,” Alvaro Brechner (Uruguay) about an aging wrestler, his manager, and a young shopkeeper who collide in a wrestling match in front of their entire, small Uruguayan town. “Before We Fall in Love,” James Lee (Malaysia), centering on an uneasy alliance that develops between a woman’s husband and her lover, after she disappears; “Navel of the World,” Igor Ivanov (Macedonia) about a runaway circus performer with a severe case of Meniere’s disease, a chronic ailment that causes him to see the world spinning. “Three Days Forever,” Riri Riza (Indonesia) about two teenage cousins who wake up after a big night out to find they have missed their flight to attend a family wedding. “To Go,” Huseyin Karabey (Turkey), about a long-distance video-based romance that’s complicated by immigrant policies, national boundaries, and the outbreak of war in Iraq. “The Watercolorist,” Daniel Rodriguez (Peru) about “T,” who has a dream to leave his commercial life and become an artist, but moves to an apartment building occupied by a disjointed group of busybodies. The Global Film Initiative was created to promote cross-cultural understanding through the universal language of cinema during a time of great change throughout the world. [Brian Brooks]

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