Global Lens Goes Public!

The Brooklyn Public Library

Our public library program is in full swing this spring with the Brooklyn Public Library! San Francisco and Missoula are next, with Memphis and Park City on the horizon…

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again:  we love public libraries.   From their goals of public education and engagement, to the diverse architecture of buildings large and small all across the country—they are cultural icons that hold a physical space in every community, and represent a truly free exchange of ideas that we cherish.

And so, this month, in homage to our ever-growing affinity for public libraries, our friends at the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will be presenting our most favorite film series, Global Lens 2012, to audiences in one of New York’s most celebrated boroughs.

Why?  Because BPL is one of a handful of lucky institutions invited this year to join our Global Lens Public Library Program, which we launched last year to promote education and cultural literacy in communities all throughout the United States (some of you may remember that we partnered with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries to kick off the program).

BPL, much like the San Francisco and Missoula public libraries—who will be hosting the series later this year—will be screening Global Lens over a period of a few weeks, and also work with area schools to schedule educational screenings for students.  And, when all screenings are finished, we’ll gift a full set of our series to the library’s permanent lending collection—a full year before any of the films are available commercially or otherwise (via home video, Internet—you name it).

Here’s what Meredith Walters, Manager of Adult Programs at BPL has to say about the program:

Brooklyn Public Library is thrilled to be among the Global Film Initiative’s inaugural partners for Global Lens Public Library Program. BPL serves a large community of new Americans, and these 10 films showcase emerging filmmakers from the home countries of many of our patrons. For those library viewers who are experiencing foreign, independent cinema for the first time through this collection, I think they will be surprised by the stunning quality of the works, which are beautifully shot and range from the dramatic to the comic to the surreal.

We are particularly excited about our school screenings. Aside from exposing students to films that have limited availability in the American market, the Spanish-language films with English subtitles give our many Spanish-speaking teens a chance to strengthen their English skills while also enjoying a film in their native tongue.

Librarian Moazzam Sheikh--film afficionado and your local SF guide to Global Lens

It’s something of which we’re very proud.  And over the next year, we will be inviting even more libraries to join the program, because our goal is to one day reach all public libraries, in all fifty states, through Global Lens.

In the meanwhile, this spring, if you happen to be in Brooklyn, San Francisco, Missoula—or any of our other partner cities, such as Park City and Memphis–visit your public library and see some films.  Trust us, it’s worth it (but don’t just take our word, visit Meredith in Brooklyn, or ask librarian Moazzam Sheikh at the San Francisco Public Library–and maybe they’ll tell you the same :))



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