The imprisoned director’s stunning visual journey into tradition and the struggle for individual freedom in Iran–available on DVD Janaury 8th.

The Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce the Global Lens DVD release of the award-winning critics’ pick, THE WHITE MEADOWS by Iranian director, Mohammad Rasoulof

Originally featured in Global Lens 2011, THE WHITE MEADOWS gained worldwide attention last year following the arrest and prison sentencing of Rasoulof and fellow filmmaker Jafar Panahi (editor of THE WHITE MEADOWS) for “film-related activities” against the Iranian government. In support of Rasoulof, the Initiative presented the film in over fifty U.S. cities as part of Global Lens 2011 and also in select showcase exhibitions, including a special presentation hosted by actor/director Peter Coyote at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and a “protest” exhibition at the 2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam.

THE WHITE MEADOWS, dir. Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran

Rowing through the salty waters of a vast marsh, a boatman quietly collects and combines the tears and confessions of nearby island residents into a dreamlike mythology of modern Iran. Special Jury Prize Muhr AsiaAfrica, Dubai IFF; Best Feature Film, Durban IFF; Narrative Features Competition, Tribeca FF.

“A fiercely compassionate call for freedom” –Los Angeles County Museum of Art

“Transportingly beautiful and so immediately human—this work is a treasure.” –Frontline

“Wonderful…. A dreamlike allegory of Dante-esque intensity and Beckett-like absurdity.” –The Boston Phoenix

The January 2013 spotlight release of THE WHITE MEADOWS commemorates the second year of Rasoulof’s imprisonment and is the first DVD release of Global Lens’ tenth anniversary season. All proceeds from sales will be given directly to the filmmaker, or used in support of new Global Lens films from Iran and other emerging nations. The DVD will also be made available for select international purchase and exhibition, to promote the ongoing global campaign for Rasoulof’s release.

DVDs will be available for commercial and library purchase in the U.S. and Canada through the Global Film Initiative’s website ( on January 8th, 2013. The release includes a DVD-ROM discussion guide with director’s statements, comprehensive background information about Iran’s geographical setting and history and commentary on cultural references within the film.


Upcoming DVD releases:

INVISIBLE EYE (LA MIRADA INVISIBLE), dir. Diego Lerman, Argentina 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. Director’s Fortnight, Cannes International Film Festival; Official Selection, San Sebastián International Film Festival; Official Selection, Scottsdale International Film Festival.
“This third film from director Diego Lerman, one of the founders of the Argentine New Wave, features a knockout performance from Julieta Zylberberg” – The Wexner Center for the Arts







LIFE (LA VIDA ÚTIL) 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. Films in Progress TVE Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival; Uruguay’s Official Entry, Best Foreign Language Film, 83rd Academy Awards; Best Director, Valdivia International Film Festival; Special Jury Prize ExAaequo, Istanbul Film Festival.

“An elegy to old-school cinema, with a twist.” – The Independent






Recent releases include:


dir. Aktan Arym Kubat,










dir. Sidharth Srinivasan









The Global Film Initiative is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. All proceeds from the Global Lens film series support international filmmaker grants, educational programming and resources, touring film exhibitions and other philanthropic initiatives and programs sponsored by the Global Film Initiative.

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