Recipient of 2012 Global Film Initiative Grant Factory Girl – Congratulations!

Cairo, Egypt | Friday- 6 February, 2015

In a fresh breakthrough for Mohamed Khan‘s Factory Girl across film festivals worldwide, Arab Cinema in Sweden (ACIS), a distribution arm under the umbrella of Malmo Arab Film Festival, has announced the theatrical release of Factory Girl across Sweden on Friday, April 24th, 2015. Marking the film’s first release beyond the Arab world, Factory Girl is part of the European Film Market (EFM) within 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

Across Sweden where the largest Arabic-speaking community resides in Europe, Factory Girl will release in 12 screening venues including, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Norrkoping, Fajo, Umeå, Luleå, Lund and Hillsburg.

Produced by Mohamed Samir‘s DayDream Art Production, MAD Solution handled the distribution of Factory Girl in the Arab world, which also helms the Arab Cinema Center in its 1st edition at Berlinale as part of its long-term strategy to support and promote the Arab filmmaking industry in the Arab world.

Alaa Karkouti, CEO and Co-founder of MAD Solutions commented, “Factory Girl‘s theatrical release across Sweden is going to function as a new window on the Arab cinema for all film lovers in Sweden. He further added, “Our collaboration with the ACIS is an important step to us, as the screening of Factory Girl will highlight the artistic diversity and abundance of the Arab cinema. Since its inception, Malmo Arab Film Festival has been playing a crucial role in backing Arab filmmakers and this step marks a culmination of these long-standing efforts.”

Expressing his eagerness

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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: Interconnection and International Education Week 2012

Students and teachers find connections beyond the film-audience relationship during our annual fall educational event…

Click the map to see the series of interconnections between Global Lens films and schools participating in International Education Week 2012!

Our systems for connecting with one another in today’s world can take on a variety of forms: high-fives, conversations, friendships, emails, social media, YouTube, lunch dates, the S Beam and, of course, film.

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EDUCATION: ‘Striking Gold’ with Global Lens

Richard Katz, AP Human Geography Teacher at Roosevelt High School, on understanding our ‘universal humanity’ via foreign film…

"We all laughed and came away feeling how universal the experience of film and laughter must be across cultures." -Rik Katz, after screening Global Lens film MASQUERADES to his high school students.

The first time my students and I viewed an international film together, it was eye-opening. We watched a film from Algeria entitled MASQUERADES—we were all prepared for a serious account of this country, but were happily surprised to discover the film was actually a satire! We all laughed and came away feeling how universal the experience of film and laughter must be across cultures. That was when I realized that we had struck gold, and I just had to share this with other members of our school community. The students could also not stop talking about the experience and how transformative it was.

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EDUCATION: International Education Week 2012–Give Your Students an Edge

Our education partners are gearing up for the annual November event, and here’s why it’s time your school joined our ranks…

Take a sneak peek of our IEW 2012 films, including AN INVISIBLE EYE (Argentina) seen here!

At GFI, we really enjoy the art of “giving.” Regardless of whether we’re donating films to high schools, hosting free screenings at public libraries or awarding grants to filmmakers, our goal is to give you access to the best films (and stories) from around the globe.

Enter: your local high school.

This fall, we’re continuing this mission by offering your high school two unique (and free!) ways to bring our award-winning narrative world cinema series–Global Lens–to your classroom during International Education Week (November 12-16–less than two months away!):

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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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OPEN MIC: The Educated Eye

Jim Canacci, Lecturer at Kent State University at Trumbull, on using Global Lens films to inform, expand and appreciate the world around us

“Every story reveals a world.” -Global Lens Trailer

Jim Canacci

Jim Canacci, Lecturer at Kent State University at Trumbull

I truly believe that Global Lens changes “the way you see the world.” I know this from personal experience and through sharing these films with the students and campus community at Kent State University at Trumbull.

My first year with Global Lens was in cooperation with my good friend, Dr. Ken Bindas, who is now the Chair of the History Department at Kent State University. He asked if I would partner with him to show the films on my campus in Warren, OH, as well as at the Lemon Grove in downtown Youngstown. He provided me with the materials, and asked if I could do “the rest.” With the help of many generous people on my campus, we had a plan to show three of the films on campus during International Education Week. Jacob Roope, who organizes most of the events, helped choose which films fit best with the guest speakers and our potential audience members. Jacob Harver, who is co-owner of the Lemon Grove, was kind enough to show all the

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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: 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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