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…

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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: Globally Minded Teachers Are Key to Globally Minded Citizens

In anticipation of the new school year—and International Education Week 2012—here’s a spotlight on a group of inspiring teachers who know how to think outside the box…

Teachers. They make the world go ‘round…and we love them for that.

In particular, there are a number of globally minded high school teachers who definitely deserve a shout-out for recently screening Global Lens films to their students during World Cinema Week (an annual event sponsored by our Education Program). Get inspired by these educators’ stories, especially as we look forward to the new school year and to our next Education Program-sponsored event: International Education Week (November 12-16, 2012)!

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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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INDUSTRY: Royalties, a Cycle of Exchange

Animation from the short film "Welcome to the Anthropocene," showing trade routes around the world. (Image courtesy of Globaia, Planet Under Pressure, SEI, SRC, CSIRO)

An inside look at how GFI pays it forward…

With our offices located in the heart of San Francisco, three of us at GFI commute into the city from the East Bay via BART train. Right before our trains plunge down into the Bay tunnel, we pass through the Port of Oakland—the fifth busiest port in the United States. In the early morning light the cranes, long-haul semi-trucks, and 1st shifters dutifully continue the pace of a humming port that never sleeps.

The trade lines of global commerce blanket our world (as this short film beautifully depicts), and while globalization is a peculiar force—advantageous for some, exploitative of others, with many a PhD dissertation tracking its effects and the arguments for and against it—Oakland’s port provides a context in which to understand this massive international integration.

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NEW ON DVD: Becloud and Gods!

BECLOUD from Mexico and GODS from Peru Available June 28th!

We’re pleased to announce the DVD release of two new films from the Global Lens film series:

BECLOUD (VAHO) Dir. Alejandro Gerber Bicecci Mexico, 2009, 117 minutes Spanish, with subtitles in English After years of separation, three boyhood friends reunite in Mexico City to overcome a tragedy that scarred their neighborhood, and childhood, years before; Special Mention at the Morelia International Film Festival and awarded the Jury Prize at the Marrakech International Film Festival.

Vividly shot…surprising and devastating.” -Variety

Naturalistic acting, the almost documentary quality of the filming and the setting in the real-life barrios of Mexico City heightens the sense of realism and the feeling that you’re catching a glimpse of the unvarnished truth of daily life in Mexico.” -St. Louis Beacon

GODS (DIOSES) Dir. Josué Méndez Peru, 2008, 91 minutes Spanish, with subtitles in English A wealthy industrialist’s working-class fiancee plunges into the extravagance of her lavish new life as her future stephchildren self-destruct in a series of desperate attempts to escape their privileged upbringing; awarded the Best Film at the Biarritz Film Festival and Best Peruvian Film at the Lima Film Festival.

Méndez’s coolly scathing satire of Peru’s upper classes conveys the anguished hollowness beneath

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Summertime, and the viewing is easy…

New and award-winning Global Lens films on DVD!

It’s summertime, which means school is out, sunglasses are on, and maybe–if you’re lucky–you’ve got some time off. What better way to spend those hot summer nights than with some cool DVDs?

Well, GFI’s got you covered. We’ve got some fantastic films coming to DVD, and even if you’re short on vacation funds, you can still get a glimpse of life in exotic locales around the world this summer! From the beaches of Peru to the dusty roads of Algeria, these films will transport you to other worlds and cultures, all from the comfort of your own home.

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store…

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NEW ON DVD: My Time Will Come and Those Three!

MY TIME WILL COME from Ecuador and THOSE THREE from Iran Available March 29th!

The Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce the DVD release of two new films from the Global Lens film series:

MY TIME WILL COME (CUANDO ME TOQUE A MI) Dir. Víctor Arregui Ecuador, 2008, 90 minutes Spanish, with subtitles in English A moody, Altman-esque portrait of five intertwined lives in Quito, hailed by the Museum of Modern Art as a “brooding, poignant film…a poetic ode to Ecuador’s capital city.” Official Selection of the AFI Latin American Film Festival and the Miami and Locarno International Film Festivals.

THOSE THREE (AN SEH) Dir. Naghi Nemati Iran, 2007, 80 minutes Farsi and Turkish, with subtitles in English A stark and surrealist epic about three army deserters who escape into the barren, snow-swept mountains of Iran. According to Screen Daily, “This austerely shot existential odyssey … seems tailor-made to illustrate Fellini’s claim that ‘cinema uses the language of dreams.’” Awarded the NETPAC Award at the Locarno International Film Festival.

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New on DVD: MUTUM and POSSIBLE LIVES

MUTUM from Brazil and POSSIBLE LIVES from Argentina Available December 7th!

The Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce the DVD release of two new films from the Global Lens film series:

MUTUM Dir. Sandra Kogut, Brazil This touching drama, acclaimed for achieving “a rare authenticity in its captivating depiction of the innocence and wisdom of childhood” (Museum of Modern Art), tells the story of a young boy in rural Brazil grappling with his disintegrating family and the uncertainties of the adult world. Official Selection of the 39th Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.

POSSIBLE LIVES (LAS VIDAS POSIBLES) Dir. Sandra Gugliotta, Argentina “Beautifully shot” and evoking a “moody sensuousness” (Hollywood Reporter), this haunting film follows a woman searching for her husband in remote Patagonia, where she finds a man who appears to be her spouse but with a different name and wife. Official Selection of the Cairo and São Paulo International Film Festivals.

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