International Education Week 2011: Bring New and Award-winning World Cinema to Your Campus or Public Library this Fall!


Sign up today to bring Global Lens films to your high school, college, university or public library—October 31st deadline!

In celebration of International Education Week 2011 (November 14th-18th), the Global Film Initiative (GFI) is offering you an exclusive opportunity to bring award-winning films from the Global Lens film series to your campus or library this fall!

Global Lens is a critically acclaimed showcase of narrative feature film from Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, and is available for screening at schools and libraries during International Education Week (IEW), an annual event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of State.
All high schools, colleges, universities and public libraries are eligible to participate in this offer, and signing up is easy (and free for all high schools!):

  • Email, fax or mail your completed application to the Global Film Initiative

That’s it! We’ll review your application and send the DVDs you requested. Screen the films as many times as you like during International Education Week, and if you’re a high school, keep the DVD(s) as a donation to your library’s permanent collection!

This is an exclusive offer sponsored by the Global Film Initiative’s Education Program and the deadline to apply is October 31st, 2011. Download an application now: high school or college, university and public libraries.


FILMSFILMSFILMS!  Check below for a sample of the award-winning Global Lens films available for International Education Week:

THE KITE (LE CERF-VOLANT), dir. Randa Chahal Sabbag, Lebanon, 2003, 80 mins.

On the eve of her marriage, a Lebanese girl realizes she is in love with the Israeli soldier guarding the border checkpoint that separates her from her fiancé.


MASQUERADES (MASCARADES), dir. Lyes Salem, Algeria, 2008, 92 mins.

In a dusty Algerian village, a well-intentioned fib suddenly turns a gardener into a mogul, forcing him to choose between the happiness of his narcoleptic sister and his newfound celebrity.


GETTING HOME (LUO YE GUI GEN), dir. Zhang Yang, China, 2007, 101 mins.

In a show of loyalty, an aging construction worker carries the body of his fallen friend hundreds of miles to a burial site in China’s Three Gorges region.


BELVEDERE, dir. Ahmed Imamović, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2010, 90 mins.

Fifteen years after the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims during the Balkan conflict, a determined widow searching for the remains of her husband and son quietly attempts to rebuild her life by caring for her troubled extended family.


THE INVISIBLE EYE (LA MIRADA INVISIBLE), dir. Diego Lerman, Argentina, 2010, 95 mins.

Against the backdrop of Argentina’s mid-80s military regime, an overzealous young teacher develops an unusual obsession with one of her students after she is asked to keep a watchful “eye” over the happenings at an elite Buenos Aires private school.


That’s not all! Download an application (high school or college, university and public libraries) to view the complete list of films available for International Education Week, and remember: all film screenings are free for high schools and include a donation of DVDs to your library!

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