Global Lens @ 54th San Francisco International Film Festival!

GFI co-presents THE LIGHT THIEF and A USEFUL LIFE at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival

Bay Area film fans, rejoice! The San Francisco International Film Festival kicks off tonight, with nearly 200 films screening over the next two weeks!

We are very proud to co-present two Global Lens films in the festival this year:

THE LIGHT THIEF (dir. Aktan Arym Kubat, Kyrgyzstan): A humble electrician intent on enlivening his windswept valley with electricity unwittingly strikes a deal with a rich politician whose corrupt ambitions threaten to upend the electrician’s dream to build windmills in his village. Included in Redefine Magazine’s festival recommendations!

¿Habla Español? Click here to watch Federico speak about A USEFUL LIFE on NY1 News!

A USEFUL LIFE (dir. Federico Veiroj, Uruguay): After financial troubles and a dwindling audience force an art-house cinema to shut its doors permanently, its most devoted employee is suddenly left without a ‘home’ and forced to adjust to life outside of the theater. Included in the San Francisco Chronicle’s festival highlights!

In addition, two GFI-grant supported films are included in the festival’s lineup: A YEAR WITHOUT SUMMER, by Malaysian director Tan Chui Mui, and ASLEEP IN THE SUN, from Argentine

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Differentiating Kazakhstan from Kyrgyzstan: a GFI Geography Lesson

Intern Angelica Dongallo talks about gaining an education while learning “the business” at the Global Film Initiative

GFI Intern Angelica Dongallo

When I began an internship at the Global Film Initiative in the summer of 2009, I had never heard of Kyrgyzstan. If you’d have asked me to locate it on a globe, I would’ve twirled my pointer finger around Western Asia and Europe without a firm indication of where it should land. And while geography still isn’t my strong suit, thanks to my time at GFI I at least now know that Kyrgyzstan is a very interesting country, indeed (it’s also home to one of our Global Lens 2011 films: THE LIGHT THIEF).

At GFI, all our programs (Granting, Acquisitions, Distribution and Education) rely on staffers with a keen sense of geography. Granting and Acquisitions require an understanding of the world to ensure that we choose projects and films that were made across a spectrum of world regions. Distribution and Education are more domestically-oriented and motivate us to find venues and institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada where we can exhibit our films.

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