NOW PLAYING: “Must See” Cinema of 2013

Your New Year’s resolutions: watch THE FINGER on HBO, CRAFT on Virgin America, and THE PRIZE at the Chicago Public Library…

You might not realize it, but there are many chances to catch Global Lens films over this holiday season and into the new year–whether you’re flying home on Virgin America airlines and happen to catch CRAFT or any of our other films on their stellar in-flight entertainment system, or if you’re cuddled up on the couch and turn on HBO Latino for THE FINGER, direct to your living room.

No TV? No worries! Browse through all the Global Lens titles now available on Hulu and Fandor, and stream them right on your computer!

Or, for the lucky folks in Chicago, you can head down to the local library and catch a screening of THE PRIZE. If you’re not in Chicago, never fear, your public library may still be bringing award-winning Global Lens films to your community through our Global Public program!

And if you’re a festival, theater or other venue, view QARANTINA and and the rest of our line-up now on Vimeo or Festival Scope, and e-mail us at to schedule films today.

Hopefully, you are not too familiar with the experience of disillusionment and pain often found during difficult times. In QARANTINA, a dysfunctional family living under a patriarch and facing financial troubles in occupied Baghdad know these feelings all too well. Desperate to save money, they are forced to live with another boarder, who happens to be an assassin. And amidst precarious involvements, they all must find ways to survive in an oppressive household filled with betrayal and mistrust. In this delicate portrait of perseverance and fortitude despite a reality of unfortunate circumstances, filmmaker Oday Rasheed illustrates an informative demonstration of hardships lived in post-war Iraq. Now available for booking in your festival or theater!

“Where so much coming out of Iraq ends on a note of gloom, Qarantina offers hope.” – Variety

“Rasheed’s look at this post-Iraq-war family slowly juxtaposes suffering with unexpected flashes of loveliness.” – Seattle IFF

“The on-target cast is a taciturn, sensitive lot, well directed by Rasheed in a measured, theatrical way.” – Hollywood Reporter

GLOBAL LENS 2012: Click on the map to find a screening near you!

QARANTINA and other films from the Global Lens 2012 film series
are now playing at the following venues and festivals across the U.S. and Canada:

Global Lens 2012 now playing on all Virgin America flights!

Gold Town Nickelodeon (Juneau, AK):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2012 film series
November 1st – February 28th
Check the film calendar for screening information

The University of Texas-Pan American (Edinburg, TX):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2012 film series
November 8th – July 18th
Check the film calendar for screening information


The Global Lens 2012 film series lineup:

AMNESTY (AMNISTIA), dir. Bujar Alimani, Albania, 2011, 83 minutes
A new law allowing conjugal visits in Albanian prisons presents the opportunity for a sympathetic affair between a man and woman visiting their incarcerated spouses–until a prisoner amnesty threatens their fragile new bond. Official Albania Submission, 84th Academy Awards; FIPRESCI Prize and Cineuropa Prize, 2011 Festival del Cinema Europeo.


CRAFT (RISCADO), dir. Gustavo Pizzi, Brazil, 2010, 85 minutes
A struggling actress and celebrity impersonator lands an audition and what may be her “big break” after an inspired director recasts his film around her socially marginalized life as an underrated artist in Rio. Best Actress, 2010 Rio de Janeiro IFF.



FAT, BALD, SHORT MAN (GORDO, CALVO Y BAJITO), dir. Carlos Osuna, Colombia, 2011, 97 minutes
The prospects for a lonely middle-aged notary unexpectedly change after he joins a self-improvement group and his charismatic new boss–and strangely affable doppelgänger–takes an interest in his life. Official Selection, 2012 Cartagena IFF; Official Selection, 2011 Chicago IFF.


THE FINGER (EL DEDO), dir. Sergio Teubal, Argentina, 2011, 93 minutes
In the face of electoral fraud and intimidation, the severed finger of a respected local leader points the way forward for independent-minded citizens and their town’s quest for democracy after dictatorship. Best First Feature Film, 2011 Guadalajara IFF.


GREY MATTER (MATIÈRE GRISE), dir. Kivu Ruhorahoza, Rwanda, 2011, 100 minutes
After government officials decline to support his project, a determined filmmaker enlists the support of a loan shark to finance his trenchant drama about the aftermath and impact of genocide on a brother and sister. Best Actor and Special Jury Mention, 2011 Tribeca FF.


MOURNING (SOOG), dir. Morteza Farshbaf, Iran, 2011, 84 minutes
In the wake of his parents’ disappearance, a young boy is placed in the care of his deaf aunt and uncle who, during a road trip to Tehran, engage in a silent but apparently not-so-secret debate about the child’s future. FIPRESCI Prize and New Currents Award, 2011 Pusan IFF.


PEGASUS (PEGASE), dir. Mohamed Mouftakir, Morocco, 2010, 104 minutes
A young woman, traumatized by her dictatorial father’s insistence she be raised as a boy, finds herself the unwitting patient of a psychiatrist intent on learning the truth behind the girl’s story. Golden Stallion, 2011 FESPACO and Best Cinematographer, 2010 Dubai IFF.


THE PRIZE (EL PREMIO), dir. Paula Markovitch, Argentina, 2011, 99 minutes
A political activist’s life-in-hiding on an isolated stretch of Argentina’s coastline is jeopardized after her seven-year-old daughter is selected to participate in a local school’s patriotic essay contest. Silver Bear, 2011 Berlin IFF and Best Film, 2011 Morelia IFF.



QARANTINA, dir. Oday Rasheed, Iraq, 2010, 90 minutes
A sullen assassin, living above a dysfunctional family in Baghdad, captures the attention of the household’s unhappy mother, setting a dangerous stage for confrontation with the family’s lecherous father. Official Selection, 2010 Abu Dhabi FF.



TOLL BOOTH (GISE MEMURU), dir. Tolga Karaçelik, Turkey, 2010, 96 minutes
An aging toll booth attendant, straining under the weight of a domineering father and suffocating work routine, finally begins to crack when faced with the emotional pressure of an unexpected romance. Best First Film and Best Actor, 2010 International Antalya Golden Orange FF.



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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