SUPPORT: Our Roots Are Showing

The Inauguration: MARGARETTE'S FEAST, the first film acquired for Global Lens

After years of ‘pushing the envelope’ and ‘changing the game’ with Global Lens, we went back to the basics for our tenth year…

Global Lens 2013 is just around the corner, and if you haven’t noticed [with all the fanfare], it’s the tenth anniversary of our most beloved series. A ‘decade of film’—from silent to sign language, notes of opera and narrative “firsts.” Baghdad. Mina Gerais. The Caspian Sea…

It’s an accomplishment. Over the years, almost 100 filmmakers, from backgrounds as varied and diverse as the history of cinema, trusted us to take their vision to screen via Global Lens. That we did, with the help of just a few thousand friends. And in just a few short weeks, we’ll be heading to New York to christen this tenth year of Global Lens with our very first friend: the Museum of Modern Art.

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INDUSTRY: A Decade of Film

A retrospective look at Global Lens via the images and ideas that took our signature series from infancy to adulthood…

As writer Robert Mckee said, “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.”

We agree.

Stories are the basis of humanity. They teach, they entertain, and they shape how we see the world. As humans, we are wired to connect and bond with others.

GFI was created with this purpose: to create global understanding, empathy and connectivity through the powerful medium of film, and to promote and support the vibrant growth of global filmmaking. To date, we have distributed 96 independent films from over 38 countries to North American audiences, and hosted screenings in every U.S. state except North Dakota. (Anyone in North Dakota want to help us with our 2013 New Years Resolution? Contact us!)

Through these films, we hope to inspire people to keep learning about other perspectives and ways of life. In celebration of Global Lens’ 10th year anniversary in January, we take a look at some of our films and the themes they contain from the past decade…

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SUPPORT: Change the Way You See the World

Because in an empathic civilization, ‘monkey see, monkey do’ isn’t such a bad thing

Empathic Civilization

WATCH: The Empathic Civilization (courtesy of RSA Animate and Jonathan Rifkin)

Not long ago, Emma Rae Lierley, Administrative Coordinator at GFI, sent me a link to a video on “The Empathic Civilization” (right). Her rationale in sending it was that she felt it encapsulated the basic premise upon which Global Lens was founded: that in our most sympathetic state of human existence, we are all connected.

Of course, nowadays, we hear such things all the time. Technological evolution has certainly connected us with the world outside our physical boundaries. Intellectual curiosity has always found a way to merge minds above borders. And then, without doubt, there is religion.

All are valid points of connection, connectivity. But the video makes a much more basic point. It says that we, as humans, are predisposed to having shared feelings and emotions, or an “empathic” relationship with one another that intuitively draws us together, as a people (see the video’s example of ‘monkey see, monkey do’).

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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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