EDUCATION: Learn Everywhere

‘Change the way you see the world’ with the swipe of a library card, click of a mouse, rip of a movie ticket…

(Photo: Creative Commons)

In a previous post, I discussed the values of education through world cinema, specifically among high school students. But we all know that education really extends beyond school and teachers and students (and books and homework, for that matter), and influences us every day of our lives, regardless of whether we’re enrolled in a formal educational institution. Learning takes place anywhere and everywhere, all the time, and even more so among viewers of Global Lens films.

Take, for example, when a patron enters the Hartford Public Library, seeking to learn about war and its influence on the people living in Iraq. The obvious choice would be to find a book or encyclopedia on the topic, but now that the library is one of several in our Global Public program, anyone can use their library card to check out Global Lens 2012 film QARANTINA (dir. Oday Rasheed, Iraq) for a visceral case-study of a family living in Iraq. The film even shows you the point of view of a military tank as it rolls through the streets of Baghdad…

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EDUCATION: Enlighten Yourself on Eco-Entrepreneurship Via THE LIGHT THIEF!

Kyrgyz actor-director Aktan Arym Kubat plays the delightful Mr. Light in our newest DVD release: THE LIGHT THIEF.

Our newest Global Lens DVD release comes with a film discussion guide that tells you everything you ever wanted to know about Kyrgyzstan, windmills and Kok-boru

Alright, everyone, time for “Guess That Film!”

I’m thinking of a great title that premiered not very long ago (2010, to be exact), which involves an entrepreneur with a brilliant idea that has the potential to increase connectivity and put power into the people’s hands, only to be complicated by the involvement of greedy investors and corrupt friendships. It’s a beautiful, award-winning film that portrays people who live and work in—you guessed it—a certain “valley.”

I’m sure you’ve named it by now. It is, of course, the one and only…

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EDUCATION: All Eyes on the Screen!

Staffer Angelica Dongallo, coordinator of GFI’s educational screening programs, explains why world cinema deserves a place in the classroom…and vice versa

Angelica Dongallo speaks to students and teachers attending our first-ever World Cinema Week screening @ Ninth Street!

Pencils down!

Before you naysayers say nay—just as the parents described in this post did—about screening films to students in the classroom, hear me out. I’m not referring to the Hollywood blockbusters used by many teachers (we’ve all encountered at least one during our school days) as mindless background noise at pizza parties or as a last-minute time-filler on days with no lesson plans. Rather, I speak of cinema (particularly independent world cinema) and its unique value when shown with an intent, a lesson plan, critical discussion questions, the works.

Yes, contrary to popular belief, it can and should be done. But first, some context…

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EDUCATION: Change the Way You See the World…One Film at a Time

Film still from CRAFT

We’re literally all over the map with education this spring—new 2012 EDU films and discussion guides, high school screenings via World Cinema Week and a partnership with our Ninth Street neighbor, TILT!

Oh, the places we’re going with education this spring! This April, we continue our quest to change the way you see your world with new EDU films and discussion guides for teachers and students all across the country, and coast-to-coast. And speaking of coasts, we’re also venturing into new waters by hosting an educational screening for students right here on our home-turf @ the Ninth Street Independent Film Center! So much great news—read on!

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International Education Week 2011: Bring New and Award-winning World Cinema to Your Campus or Public Library this Fall!

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK 2011 Sign up today to bring Global Lens films to your high school, college, university or public library—October 31st deadline!

In celebration of International Education Week 2011 (November 14th-18th), the Global Film Initiative (GFI) is offering you an exclusive opportunity to bring award-winning films from the Global Lens film series to your campus or library this fall!

Global Lens is a critically acclaimed showcase of narrative feature film from Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, and is available for screening at schools and libraries during International Education Week (IEW), an annual event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of State. All high schools, colleges, universities and public libraries are eligible to participate in this offer, and signing up is easy (and free for all high schools!):

Download an application: high school or college, university and public libraries Choose films from the Global Lens 2011 film series (now playing in theaters!) and/or our Preferred High School and Secondary Education lists (all High School and Secondary Education titles are accompanied by film discussion guides—click here to view a sample!) Email, fax or mail your completed application to the Global Film Initiative

That’s it! We’ll review your application and send the DVDs you requested. Screen the films as many times as you like during

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World Cinema Week 2011: Bring New and Award-winning World Cinema to Your Campus or Library this Spring!

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WORLD CINEMA WEEK 2011 Sign up today to bring Global Lens films to your high school, college, university or library–March 31st deadline!

In celebration of World Cinema Week 2011 (April 11th-15th), the Global Film Initiative (GFI) is offering you an exclusive opportunity to bring award-winning films from our Global Lens film series to your campus or library this spring!

Global Lens is a critically acclaimed showcase of narrative feature film from Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, and World Cinema Week is an original screening program created by GFI to celebrate global culture and diversity through film.

All high schools, colleges, universities and public libraries are eligible to participate in this offer and signing up is easy (and free for all high schools!):

Download an application: high school or college, university and public libraries Choose films from Global Lens 2011 (now playing in theaters!) and/or our Preferred High School and Secondary Education list (all High School and Secondary Education titles are accompanied by film discussion guides—click here to view a sample!) Email, fax or mail your completed application to the Global Film Initiative

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Global Lens 2011 Film Discussion Guides Now Available!

Discussion guides are now available for Global Lens 2011 films BELVEDERE (dir. Ahmed Imamović, Bosnia & Herzegovina) and A USEFUL LIFE (dir. Federico Veiroj, Uruguay)!