Global Lens 2012 @ MoMA!

Our ninth season opens January 12th in New York with the director, cast and crew of TOLL BOOTH

The new year is just a few weeks away, and with it comes launch of Global Lens 2012 at the Museum of Modern Art, January 12th-28th!  The presentation, as many of you know, is part of our annual and ongoing collaboration with the Museum, and is organized by Jytte Jensen, Senior Curator in MoMA’s Department of Film.  And what can we say except…

It’s one of our best series yet.  Global Lens 2012 includes GREY MATTER, the first narrative feature film produced in Rwanda by a native Rwandan filmmaker; the oh-so-lovable Farfan, star of FAT, BALD SHORT MAN (the first-ever rotoscope feature for Global Lens); and top picks from Pusan, FESPACO, Morelia and Guadalajara international film festivals (and, not to mention, Albania’s official submission to the Oscars:  AMNESTY).


TOLL BOOTH (Gise Memuru) will open Global Lens 2012 at MoMA

In addition, opening night at MoMA will feature the U.S. premiere of TOLL BOOTH (Turkey), with director, Tolga Karacelik in attendance.  Hilary Lawson, Marketing and Publicity Manager, recently met with Tolga at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (read her post about this here), to kick off the film’s international premiere, and as producer Engin Yeniduniya mentions, the film’s opening at MoMA is especially sweet:

“The North America-wide exposure we’ll get through the Global Lens series, and the opening at MoMA, is particularly important and meaningful for us–I was a member of the Museum when I lived in the U.S., and never imagined that one day I’d be showing a film there that I produced.”

TOLL BOOTH and GREY MATTER will both have one-week screening engagements at MoMA, and are only two of ten Global Lens 2012 films screening in New York from Thursday, January 12th to Saturday, January 28th.  See below for the full lineup, and check the MoMA calendar for screening times and ticket information.

Can’t make it to New York?  Check our calendar to see when Global Lens 2012 will be in your area.  Or send us an email at, if you’d like to schedule the series in your city!  Film programmers, curators and industry professionals–preview the entire series right now on Festival Scope!

A scene from GREY MATTER

The Global Lens film series was launched in 2003 to support the exhibition and distribution of unique cinematic perspectives from Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.  All proceeds from the series are either given directly to filmmakers in support new and future projects, or reinvested in the Initiative’s Granting Program.  Learn more…





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