SUPPORT: You Say “Tomato” and I Say “Tomahto”

Global Lens and promoting a difference of opinion for the sake of diversity

Global Lens: grindhouse, arthouse, our house

Every year, we do our best to bring you the best in independent world cinema.  And over the years, if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that tastes vary from person to person and often what we see in a film isn’t always the same as what you see…

Earlier this year, we released what some audiences describe[d] as a “slasher” film–and others describe as an iconic representation of the “Indian New Wave.” For us, Sidharth Srinivasan’s SOUL OF SAND is an eccentric thriller that ‘delves into the dark interstices between Indian modernity and tradition,’ and for Memphis-based critic, John Beifuss:

“A blunt horror-art hybrid… With one foot in the arthouse and the other in the grindhouse.”  [more]

It’s an interesting difference in description, and perspective, that reminds us how relative film and art can be; we certainly saw the “grindhouse” in the arthouse, but ultimately saw a film that bucked Bollywood convention and marked a new territory for Indian independents–and as such, had to be included in Global Lens.

A more entertaining example of how no two people see the same film is GODS by Josue Mendez.  We tout it as a ‘biting satire of upper-crust wealth and privilege,’ reviewer Erik Gruenwedel calls it ‘Peruvian eye-candy’ and SF-critic, Mick LaSalle, dubs it a ‘boon to repopulation in a world thinned out by war and famine.’  In the end, its fair to say all perspectives are true, which is likely the reason audiences crowned it one of their favorite films from Global Lens 2010.

Sweet satire

And really, this is what we enjoy.  Discovering films, surprising audiences, cultivating a discussion and maybe, even a difference of opinion.  Because through that process we are reminded that ‘the diverse world in which we live’ (as we say at the start of every series), doesn’t just refer to the films in Global Lens, but also individuals like Messrs. Beifuss, Gruenwedel and LaSalle, and the thousands of other people who watch the series every year.

So, speak your mind.  Global Lens can be seen every year, throughout the year, at venues all the across the United States, and some parts of Canada.  And adding your support, thoughts and opinion is ultimately what makes the series a truly “global lens.”

The Global Lens film series is made possible by generous contributions to the Global Film Initiative.  If you’d like to make a donation, please click here, and if you’d like to purchase a Global Lens film, please visit our online catalogue (all proceeds and profits from Global Lens are reinvested in our Granting Program, which provides production funding twice a year to filmmakers in emerging nations of Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East). 


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