New York audiences have a second chance to view 9 Global Lens films that they might have been overlooked during their initial screenings. Our special thanks to Curator Jytte Jensen who has championed GFI’s activities for the past twelve years, and for her role as an uncompromising supporter of films from emerging nations.
The films and the dates of screenings are as follows:
Saturday, April 4
Iraq | Directed by Nahid Ghobadi & Bijan Zamanpira (79 mins.) — A government official, carrying a message from Iran’s president, travels across Iranian Kurdistan with his driver and a young guide on a mission to stop 111 young Kurdish women from committing suicide.
Sunday, April 5
Egypt | Directed by Mohamed Diab (100 mins.)– Three Cairene women from different backgrounds join together in uneasy solidarity to combat the sexual harassment that has impacted each of their lives.
Kazakhstan by Darezhan Omirbayev (90 mins.)–A solitary philosophy student steers his directionless life toward the commission of a violent crime.
Monday, April 6
Morocco | Directed by Mohamed Mouftakir (104 mins.)–An emotionally exhausted psychiatrist assigned to a pregnant young woman found in the street muttering about “The Lord of the Hope.”
Iraq | Directed by Oday Rasheed (90 mins.)–A broken family with an incestuous patriarch rents a room to a stranger and lives uneasily within the gated courtyard of dilapidated Baghdad house.
Tuesday, April 7
The Light Thief (Svet-Ake)
Kyrgyzstan | Directed by Aktan Arym Kubat (80 mins.)— In this colorful modern-day parable of good and evil, a humble village electrician devotes his compassion and ingenuity to destitute neighbors in a wind-swept valley of Kyrgyzstan.
Wednesday, April 8
Ocean of an Old Man
India | Directed by Rajesh Shera (84 mins.)—In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and amid the stunning natural beauty of India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands, an elderly British teacher struggles to run a small primary school despite the loss of many of the islands’ children to the recent tragedy.
The Night of Truth
Burkina Faso | Directed by Fanta Regina Nacro (100 mins.)— As the powerful drumming begins, both rebels and government forces gather, bringing with them years of rage, grief, hope, suspicion and bitterness.
Thursday, April 9
The Kite (Le Cerf-Volant)
Lebanon | Directed by Randa Chahal Sabbag (80 mins.)—Sixteen year old Lamia must cross a border checkpoint between Lebanon and Israel to marry a man she has never met further complicated by her surprising admission that she is in love with the Israeli soldier guarding the border.