FEATURE: An Indie from India Comes to SF

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Ashim talks to students at Berkeley High School

Joanne Parsont, Director of Education at the San Francisco Film Society, reflects on SFFS’ incomparable artist in residence, Ashim Ahluwalia…

Each time the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) invites an international filmmaker to participate in our Artist in Residence program (funded this winter by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences), there’s a mix of eager anticipation and wary uncertainty. We’ve seen their films, but what will they actually be like in person? Will they take full advantage of their two weeks in San Francisco? Will they be any fun to hang out with? For our latest Artist in Residence (and, really, all of our previous residents), the answer to both of these questions is a resounding “yes.”

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NOW PLAYING: Come into THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL

FantasticWorldofJuanOrol_banner8.1“A visually playful biopic on Mexico’s Ed Wood.” -Variety

The accolades continue to roll in as Global Lens 2013 enters the Spring! This month in the spotlight: THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL, which recently played at the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

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INDUSTRY: Feast Your Eyes on FICG 28

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“For all hands”

Acquisitions and Granting Manager Angelica Dongallo recounts the sights and sounds of Mexico’s prestigious film festival…

Guadalajara: home of mariachis, tequila country, and the Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara (FICG). I arrived in the “valley of stones” during the wee hours of the day of opening night activities, and contemplated the next few days’ prospects as we drove through the speckled-lit streets of the sleeping city.

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FEATURE: Global Migration–More Than The Birds

HofburgFounder and Board Chair Susan Weeks Coulter traveled to Vienna this past week to take part in the UNAOC panel on media and intercultural dialogue…

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NEWS: UTPA on FOX

UTPA’s librarian extraordinaire Virginia Haynie Gause tells viewers in Macallan, TX, how to experience the world–and stay close to home–with Global Lens…

Pop Quiz! How can one broaden their respect and understanding of other cultures without the means and/or ability to travel? For us here at the Global Film Initiative, the answer is simple: By participating as an active watcher of international cinema, one can learn about the life, language, politics, and customs of another country, and all without a passport!

FEATURE: THE PARADE @ Human Rights Watch FF Toronto

THE PARADE brings the global conversation on gay rights into focus in Serbia, France and Canada…

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This month, THE PARADE is highlighted in a screening at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. Srdjan Dragojevic’s darkly humorous film turns a lens on a very real issue being debated right now in Serbia and the rest of the world.

Joël Coppens, a former intern and native Belgian, came across a clip of THE PARADE being discussed on the major French talk show On est pas couché. Joël translated some of the conversation, and weighed in with some of his own thoughts:

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FEATURE: University of Richmond Putting Global Lens To Work

urichThe University of Richmond’s Boatwright Memorial Library acquires the 2012 DVD set and gets more than just movies…

Did you know that universities and colleges are eligible to purchase subsidized Global Lens DVD sets for their library? It’s true! Not only do they represent some of the most important examples of world cinema available today, and not only are they super-affordable, but they also include unlimited lending, streaming, and public performance privileges. Not kidding!

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NEWS: GFI Joins the UNAOC Global Forum

UNAOC_logoFounder and Board Chair Susan Weeks Coulter travels to Vienna this week to take part in the UNAOC panel on media and intercultural dialogue…

Every year, the Global Film Initiative makes it presence known around the world—via screenings, grants and most visibly, attendance of festivals and film industry events (the most recent of which are Goa, and upcoming Guadalajara).

But this is just one dimension of our global identity. As many of you know, we often present on education and cultural diplomacy via the arts, and using film as a tool to rethink how we connect as communities, cultures and societies. And every now and then, we do this with a few thousand colleagues…

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SPOTLIGHT: CAIRO 678 and The Carter Center

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This month, The Carter Center will be screening CAIRO 678, from Global Lens 2013, at their “Winter Weekend” in San Diego—a four-day event featuring guests such as former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, and a town hall with former U.S. President and Nobel laureate Jimmy Carter, and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

This is our first time working with the Center, and so we asked Ahna B. Machan, Senior Associate Director of Development, and organizer of the event, to discuss why this particular film was selected for the Winter Weekend, and how it fits with The Carter Center’s mission and vision:

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INTERVIEW: Real Lives Beneath a Shifting Surface–Director Zhang Yuan on BEIJING FLICKERS

BEIJING FLICKERS director Zhang Yuan explores through film the effect of China’s cultural movement on the subsequent generations.

Rob Avila talks with the legendary director about more than two decades of filmmaking in China, and Zhang’s outsider generation…

A singular pioneer of China’s Sixth Generation of filmmakers, Zhang Yuan graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 1989. It was the year of Tiananmen Square and the June 4 crackdown, when China’s budding democracy movement—encouraged by reforms set in motion by Deng Xiaoping—met the tanks and guns of Deng’s resolutely authoritarian regime. Zhang’s first film, made at this time, was an auspicious sign of the life that would continue to find avenues of expression beneath the surfaces of an old order and the roiling changes encouraged by its new economic policies.

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