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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WORLD CINEMA WEEK 2012: Bring New and Award-winning World Cinema to Your Campus or Public Library this Spring!

 

WORLD CINEMA WEEK 2012 CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE THE WORLD Sign up today to bring Global Lens films to your high school, college, university or public library—March 27th application deadline!

In celebration of World Cinema Week 2012 (April 16-20, 2012), 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 public 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 is available for screening at schools and public libraries during World Cinema Week (WCW).

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!):

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EDUCATION: International Education Week!

Schools in 14 states across the U.S. participate in GFI’s annual educational screening program!

Click on the map above to view International Education Week 2011 participants!

We’re pleased to announce that 22 schools across the U.S. will be screening Global Lens films as part of our annual International Education Week program this week (Nov. 14-18)!

Teachers and students—from the “Home of Susie the Duck” (Lodi, WI) to the seaport city of Seattle, Washington, as well as “River City” (Memphis, TN) and our very own San Francisco Bay Area—will participate in educational screenings of Global Lens films this week to celebrate and promote international exchange and education. The International Education Week screening program is held each year in conjunction with celebrations sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and Department of State.

Here are some interesting facts about this year’s screening program and its participants:

22 high schools and universities in 21 cities representing 14 different states State with the most participants (4): California 14 public high schools 4 International Baccalaureate high schools 2 charter high schools High school with smallest student body (207 students): Armand Hammer United World College of the American West High school with the largest student body (2,400 students): Continue reading EDUCATION: International Education Week!

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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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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World Cinema Week Begins Today!

Click on the map above to view World Cinema Week 2011 participants!

More than 30 schools across the U.S. participate in GFI’s annual educational screening program

We’re pleased to announce that 31 high schools (and 2 universities) in 29 U.S. cities and towns—from tropical Kapaa, Hawaii to the Cape Cod village of Hyannis, Massachussetts and sunny Tucson, Arizona—are screening Global Lens all this week in celebration of our annual spring World Cinema Week screening program!

Many participants, such as The Oakwood School (Greenville, North Carolina) and Sweet Grass County High School (Big Timber, Montana), are screening films in class and assigning response papers or blog posts to students. Other schools, such as the College of Staten Island High School for International Studies (Staten Island, New York) and Nerinx Hall High School (St. Louis, Missouri), are hosting afterschool screenings with discussions as either part of a film night program, series or festival.

GFI is very excited about this year’s participants, and as part of our commitment to students and educators, each participating high school will keep the DVDs for their library’s permanent collection!

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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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Differentiating Kazakhstan from Kyrgyzstan: a GFI Geography Lesson

Intern Angelica Dongallo talks about gaining an education while learning “the business” at the Global Film Initiative

GFI Intern Angelica Dongallo

When I began an internship at the Global Film Initiative in the summer of 2009, I had never heard of Kyrgyzstan. If you’d have asked me to locate it on a globe, I would’ve twirled my pointer finger around Western Asia and Europe without a firm indication of where it should land. And while geography still isn’t my strong suit, thanks to my time at GFI I at least now know that Kyrgyzstan is a very interesting country, indeed (it’s also home to one of our Global Lens 2011 films: THE LIGHT THIEF).

At GFI, all our programs (Granting, Acquisitions, Distribution and Education) rely on staffers with a keen sense of geography. Granting and Acquisitions require an understanding of the world to ensure that we choose projects and films that were made across a spectrum of world regions. Distribution and Education are more domestically-oriented and motivate us to find venues and institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada where we can exhibit our films.

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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)!