Now Playing: Global Lens Dives Into Summer


THE PARADE (Global Lens 2013) plays The Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York this June

THE PARADE, STUDENT and the rest of Global Lens 2013 soak up the summer screen…

Global Lens 2013 is heating up screens across the country all through the summer! This month in the spotlight:

Srdjan Dragojević’s THE PARADE is set to screen at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival this month (June 13-23) in New York City. Through its humane and shrewdly comedic story, this powerful film exposes us to gay rights issues that many face in Serbia today.

THE PARADE centers around an unlikely alliance: a group of gay activists in Belgrade team up with a Serbian crime boss to throw a wedding for his demanding fiancée, and in exchange, the crime boss promises to provide security for the group’s Gay Pride parade.

Serbian history proves that this is a difficult task, as previous attempts at Pride parades have resulted in an intense backlash and mass violence. The most recent Pride parade in Belgrade ended with homemade bombs, stone throwing, and violent confrontation with the police.

Despite this grim reality, THE PARADE  points to a brighter future for human rights in Serbia. “In addition to gay rights,” says the Boston Review, “the film affirms the future of the region’s states as mutually respecting, tolerant societies, united not by class consciousness or ethnic blood rivalries but by liberal values.”

We couldn’t think of a better screening partner for this important film than Human Rights Watch–one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Each year, the organization’s film festival screens films that represent a wide range of countries and issues, such as gender identity, genocide and human trafficking. Besides New York, this year’s film festival will travel to a number of cities, so keep your eyes open for screenings near you!


Also playing now in New YorkSTUDENT, Darezhan Omirbayev’s Crime and Punishment-inspired film, is finishing up a week-long theatrical run (May 31st-June 6th) at the Anthology Film Archives. We couldn’t be more excited to have a Global Lens 2013 film screened at the Anthology Film Archives–an international center for the study, exhibition, and preservation of film and video, with a particular focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema.

Like our friends at the Anthology Film Archives, The Global Film Initiative works to make space for stories pushed to the margins–with the added hope to promote cross-cultural understanding through these narratives. At GFI, we know that history repeatedly points to the importance of great storytelling in chronicling and influencing human affairs, something that the Anthology Film Archives strives to preserve.

In July, Global Lens On Vutopia: Starting this July, watch films from current and past Global Lens film series on Vutopia! Vutopia features movies On Demand, available to watch on TV and online, anytime you want. Vutopia is currently available as a part of Movie Pass from Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

For more information, or to check out Vutopia’s Original series Screen + Dreams or Vu Review, please visit

This summer, escape the heat and duck into one of our partner venues all across the U.S. and Canada, or tune in from the comfort of your own home, to watch some films that will undoubtedly change the way you see the world.

Global Lens 2013 film series are now playing at the following venues and festivals across the U.S. and Canada:

Tampa Museum of Art/Gasparilla International Film Festival (Tampa, FL)
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February 8 – December 13, 2013
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San Antonio Museum of Art (San Antonio, TX)tag_logo_2a_lorez
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February – December 2013
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LASCAUX Micro-Theater (Buckhannon, WV)
May 3 – July 26, 2013
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Seattle International Film Festival (Seattle, WA)seattle-international-film-festival-siff-2012_400x225
May 16 – June 9, 2013
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Fairy Tales Film Festival (Calgary, Alberta)
May 24 – June 1, 2013
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Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ)
May 26 – June 9, 2013Fairytales
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LASA Film Fest (Washington, DC)
May 29 – June 1, 2013
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Anthology Film Archives (New York, NY)
May 31 – June 6, 2013
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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA)
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June 7 – 19, 2013Check the film calendar for screening information

Human Rights Watch Film Festival (New York, NY)
June 13 – 23, 2013
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National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario)
June 13 – August 22, 2013
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Parkland Art Gallery (Champaign, IL)
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June 27 – December 31, 2013
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San Francisco Public Library (SF, CA)
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July 7 – September 8, 2013
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Northwest Film Center (Portland, OR )
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July 10 – August 26, 2013
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Smithsonian Institute (Washington, DC)
August 18, 2013
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Cleveland Cinematheque (Cleveland, OH)
July 5 – October 25, 2013
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Artemisia Moviehouse (Reno, NV)
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August 13 – November 5, 2013
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International Screenings Program of Chicago International Film Festival (Chicago, IL)
August 28 – 31, 2013
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The Global Lens 2013 film series lineup:

ABOUT 111 GIRLS (DARBARE 111 DOKHTAR), dir. Nahid Ghobadi and Bijan Zamanpira, Iraq, 2012, 79 minutes
An Iranian state official, his driver and a young guide race across a troubled but magnificent landscape to stop 111 young Kurdish women from committing suicide in protest against conditions that have left them spinsters. Official Selection, 2012 Busan IFF.



BEIJING FLICKERS (YOU-ZHONG), dir. Zhang Yuan, China, 2012, 96 minutes
A young man left behind by Beijing’s fabulous new wealth experiences moments of euphoria amid despair as he roams the city with other misfit dreamers in this darkly funny, gorgeously gritty portrait of disaffected youth. Official Selection, 2012 Toronto IFF; Official Selection, 2012 Busan IFF.



CAIRO 678, dir. Mohamed Diab, Egypt, 2010, 100 minutes
Three Cairene women from different backgrounds warily unite to combat the sexual harassment that has impacted each of their lives—and become a citywide plague—but their unconventional response provokes a dogged police hunt. Official Selection, 2011 New Directors/New Films; Official Selection, 2011 Seattle IFF; Muhr Arab Feature Best Actress and Best Actor, 2010 Dubai IFF.



THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL (EL FANTASTICO MUNDO DE JUAN OROL), dir. Sebastian del Amo, Mexico, 2012, 90 minutes
Move over Ed Wood! The story of Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, “involuntary surrealist” Juan Orol, receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this deft, irresistible love letter to life, the movies and a self-made man of showbiz. Best First Feature Film, 2012 Guadalajara IFF.



LIFE KILLS ME (LA VIDA ME MATA), dir. Sebastian Silva, Chile, 2007, 92 minutes
Life and death come wrapped in a mutual embrace, absurd and poignant at once, in celebrated director Sebastián Silva’s debut film about the unlikely friendship between a grieving, young cinematographer and a morbidly obsessed drifter. Best First Feature Film, 2008 International Latino FF; Best Chilean Film of 2007, Chilean Art Critics Circle.



MODEST RECEPTION (PAZIRAIE SADEH), dir. Mani Haghighi, Iran, 2012, 100 minutes
Two sibling-sophisticates from Tehran travel the mountainous northern countryside, maniacally pushing bags of money on locals—a hilarious and alarming exercise that unfurls with unexpected force amid subtle themes of power and corruption. NETPAC Prize, 2012 Berlin IFF; Official Selection, 2012 Chicago IFF.



THE PARADE (PARADA), dir. Srdjan Dragojevic, Serbia, 2011, 115 minutes
In exchange for some wedding-planning expertise, a macho Serbian crime boss recruits a ragtag group of Balkan war-buddies to provide protection for a Pride march in this rollicking yet poignant comedy inspired by real events. Panorama Audience Award, 2012 Berlin IFF; FIPRESCI Serbia Award for Best Serbian Film 2011.



SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS, dir. Suman Ghosh, India, 2012, 65 minutes
An 80-year-old Kolkata retiree is determined to get the streetlights turned off after sunrise, but finding someone to take him seriously proves a battle against an indifferent bureaucracy and a complacent status quo. Official Selection, 2012 Busan IFF.



SOUTHWEST (SUDOESTE), dir. Eduardo Nunes, Brazil, 2011, 128 minutes
A young woman gives birth on her deathbed to a child who, spirited away to a remote lakeside village, lives her lifetime in a single day, in this hauntingly dreamlike tale of incommensurable life. Special Jury Prize, FIPRESCI Best Latin American Film and Best Photography, 2011 Rio IFF; Official Selection, 2012 IFF Rotterdam.



STUDENT, dir. Darezhan Omirbayev, Kazakhstan, 2012, 90 minutes
A solitary philosophy student commits a calculated violent crime against the backdrop of Kazakhstan’s growing inequality, institutional corruption and a ruthless ethic of eat-or-be-eaten in this broodingly contemporary adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Un Certain Regard, 2012 Cannes FF; Official Selection, 2012 Toronto IFF; Official Selection, 2012 Venice IFF.



The Global Lens film series is an annual, curated program of narrative feature films from Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Films from the series are screened in more than fifty cities nationwide, are featured exclusively on Virgin America airlines, and include top festival picks and official submissions to the Oscars. All proceeds received from Global Lens are reinvested in the Global Film Initiative’s Granting Program, and other philanthropic programs of the Initiative.

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