NEWS: Ashim Ahluwalia @ San Francisco Film Society, February 23rd-March 9th

Ashim Ahluwalia

Ashim Ahluwalia

SF Film Society announces its newest Artist in Residence and it happens to be one of our filmmakers. How LOVELY…

After what seems to be the longest drum-roll ever, we’re pleased to announce that Indian director (and GFI grantee) Ashim Ahluwalia will be visiting the Bay Area next month as part of the San Francisco Film Society’s Artist in Residence program, February 23rd-March 9th!

The residency will feature the Bay Area premiere of MISS LOVELY–Ashim’s second feature, post Cannes, currently in Rotterdam, big stuff—on Thursday, January 28th (co-presented by GFI–tickets here), and a post-screening discussion moderated by Ivan Jaigirdar (of 3rdi). Also included in the residency will be visits to schools and universities, and in-classroom screenings of Ashim’s first film, JOHN & JANE (students only).

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Global Lens @ 54th San Francisco International Film Festival!

GFI co-presents THE LIGHT THIEF and A USEFUL LIFE at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival

Bay Area film fans, rejoice! The San Francisco International Film Festival kicks off tonight, with nearly 200 films screening over the next two weeks!

We are very proud to co-present two Global Lens films in the festival this year:

THE LIGHT THIEF (dir. Aktan Arym Kubat, Kyrgyzstan): A humble electrician intent on enlivening his windswept valley with electricity unwittingly strikes a deal with a rich politician whose corrupt ambitions threaten to upend the electrician’s dream to build windmills in his village. Included in Redefine Magazine’s festival recommendations!

¿Habla Español? Click here to watch Federico speak about A USEFUL LIFE on NY1 News!

A USEFUL LIFE (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. Included in the San Francisco Chronicle’s festival highlights!

In addition, two GFI-grant supported films are included in the festival’s lineup: A YEAR WITHOUT SUMMER, by Malaysian director Tan Chui Mui, and ASLEEP IN THE SUN, from Argentine

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Food for Thought: GFI & San Francisco’s Ninth Annual World Affairs Challenge

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from using film to teach students about other cultures around the world, it’s that oftentimes, kids can be the best teachers of all.

Naturally, we were very excited to get involved with the World Affairs Challenge, which invites students to work in teams, exploring global issues and then presenting their research and solutions in a final competition or “challenge.” This annual event is created by World Savvy, a local nonprofit that works toward youth education and involvement in community and world affairs—a mission very close to GFI’s heart.

This year’s theme, Food: Feeding the Planet Sustainably in the 21st Century, encourages students to learn about hunger, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, the environmental impact of our food system, trade and much more. Over 700 high school students from 23 schools throughout the Bay Area have been putting together presentations on topics such as popular food myths (for example, that there isn’t enough food grown on the planet to feed the world’s population), the connection between deforestation and food production, and ways to help fight hunger in Africa.

After months of preparation, the culminating event is the World Affairs Challenge, which takes place this Saturday, April 16th, on San Francisco State University’s campus. Students will compete in different events that

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