NEWS: DOOMAN RIVER vs. the Dooman River

The Global Lens 2011 standout is playing to audiences everywhere, but what does the film really say about the Dooman River?

A few months ago, a moviegoer sent us an email after watching Zhang Lu’s film, DOOMAN RIVER (featured in Global Lens 2011), and said it’s good we’re “raising awareness about what’s happening around the River”…

And, it was an interesting comment, because what’s happening in the film is a story of two young friends caught in a refugee crisis. But who could really say people were now more aware of what’s ‘happening around the River,’ because they’d seen a film by the same name (or rather, even if audiences were more aware of this river/border between China, North Korea and Russia, what exactly did they know about it?)

In the 90s, the Dooman was a common border-crossing for North Koreans fleeing famine, and the film paints a bleak but beautiful portrait of that [ongoing] refugee crisis—and an equally miserable but mesmerizing visage of the river itself, polluted with physical refuse and the overwhelming weight of transnational border politics. This is what we know, and say in our description of the film.

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How We’ve Missed You: Global Lens Returns to MFA Boston!

Ahhhh, there’s nothing quite like the month of May in Boston. It’s finally warmed up from the snowy winter, and that summer humidity hasn’t yet set in. And this year, May also marks the long-awaited return of Global Lens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston!

Long-awaited because this is the first time since 2006 that Global Lens has been shown at the MFA! But now thanks to Carter Long, the Museum’s film curator extraordinaire, MFA Boston will showcase Global Lens 2011 with 18 screenings from May 18th to the 29th, beginning today with DOOMAN RIVER and THE INVISIBLE EYE.

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The Twin Cities and Global Lens 2011 — check out the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival!

Spring has arrived, and y’all know what that means — it’s time for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF)! A partner of ours since 2009, the MSPIFF is bringing Global Lens 2011 to the Twin Cities from April 14 through May 5.

Ryan Oestreich (Office and Theater Manager), Jesse Bishop (Programming Coordinator), and all the other fine folks at the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul work very hard year after year to pack 170 films from around the world into 3 weeks of international and art-house bliss, and we’re always extremely pleased to have Global Lens included in the mix.

Check our calendar for the Global Lens screening schedule at MSPIFF, and if all this talk abut the Twin Cities has got you thinking about twin kitties, then you’re in luck.

The Puerto Rico Film Society: Moving the Island One Film at a Time

GFI celebrates the island-launch of Global Lens 2011 and another year with its inaugural Global Lens Partner Program member

It’s been almost two years since SF State cinema-graduate Guillermo Vasquez, and Eunice Soto-Ralat, founded the Puerto Rico Film Society (La Sociedad de Cine de Puerto Rico/SCPR), and as another year of Global Lens opens on the island, we’re proud to say we’ve been a part of their vision since the beginning.

Guillermo Vasquez

SCPR is the inaugural member of our Global Lens Partner Program, which was established in 2009 to support the development of community arts initiatives in the United States and it territories. At the heart of the program is Global Lens, and participants, like SCPR, use the series as a building-block to connect with local partners in the arts, and create dynamic film exhibitions and educational events.

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Avast, ye! Gasparilla Film Festival and Global Lens 2011!

The [almost] end of winter marks the beginning of Global Lens in Florida! Arrrrr longtime partner, Gasparilla International Film Festival will be showing Global Lens 2011 throughout the spring (opening night film: STREET DAYS!) . The series first touched land here in 2008 and since then, has been helmed by Festival quartermaster, Charles Moore, who has worked annually with GFI to bring the series to Tampa (which, coincidentally is home to another famous event: Gasparilla Pirate Festival)

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


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 at the Museum of Modern Art!

This month, we celebrate the launch of Global Lens 2011 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)!

Nine new and exciting films will be featured at MoMA from January 13th to the 28th, including the U.S. premiere of A USEFUL LIFE (Uruguay)—winner of Best Film at the Havana International Film Festival—and Mohammad Rasoulof’s mesmerizing Iranian mythology, THE WHITE MEADOWS (Iran) and Georgia’s official submission to the Oscars, STREET DAYS (dir. Levan Koguashvili).

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Welcome to our World: The GFI Blog

As we ring in the New Year and another season of Global Lens, we’re pleased to announce a new addition to our ever-evolving online identity—the Global Film Initiative blog!

From filmmaker interviews to news on our latest grants and releases (and the occasional update from a remote corner of the world), visit our blog to get highlights from our various programs and stay connected with all the films, individuals and ideas at the Global Film Initiative. For example, did you know:

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