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…

Continue reading INDUSTRY: A Decade of Film

NEW ON DVD: Adrift and My Tehran For Sale!

Lust, Longing and Chuyen’s ADRIFT and Granaz Moussavi’s Controversial MY TEHRAN FOR SALE to release on DVD January 31st

We’re pleased to announce the DVD release of two new films from the Global Lens film series, featuring a charged performance by Vietnamese actress Hai Yen and Moussavi’s “hit and run” chronicle of Tehran’s underground art scene:

 

Adrift DVD CoverADRIFT (CHOI VOI), dir. Bui Thac Chuyen, Vietnam, 2009, 110 minutes, Vietnamese, with subtitles in English

A young wife, ignored by her immature spouse, is caught in a love triangle between her best friend and a handsome stranger during a languorous summer in Hanoi. FIPRESCI Prize, Venice International Film Festival; Official Selection of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Bright Future).

A subtle, melancholy exploration of erotic angst and uncomfortable awakening…Adrift evokes a culture whose puritanical restraints have begun to loosen, allowing dangerous sparks to fly. Once desire has been unleashed, smugly settling for less is no longer a comfortable option.“ -The New York Times

Beautiful, and tightly focused on the emotional, romantic, and sexual lives of men and women in Hanoi….This is new Vietnamese cinema.” -diaCRITICS

 

My Tehran For Sale DVD CoverMY TEHRAN FOR SALE, dir. Granaz Moussavi, Iran, 2009, 95 minutes, Farsi and English, with subtitles in English

An

Continue reading NEW ON DVD: Adrift and My Tehran For Sale!

Iranian Actress Marzieh Vafamehr Released from Prison

The Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce that Marzieh Vafamehr, Iranian actress and star of MY TEHRAN FOR SALE (Global Lens 2010), has been released from prison after being sentenced to a year in jail and 90 lashes. See below for more information:

Marzieh Vafamehr, in a scene from MY TEHRAN FOR SALE

October 27, 2011: Release of actress Marzieh Vafamehr highlights plight of persecuted filmmakers (Amnesty International)

(via Amnesty International) Marzieh Vafamehr, who was arrested after starring in the Australian film My Tehran for Sale, was released on Monday night. One scene in the film shows her without the head-covering Iranian women are required to wear, while she appears to drink alcohol in another. The actress seems to have been released after an appeal court reduced her imprisonment to three months and overturned the flogging sentence. [more…]

October 9, 2011: MY TEHRAN FOR SALE Star to be Lashed 90 Times (The Telegraph) Iranian actress sentenced to a year in jail and 90 lashes for her role in a film about the limits imposed on artists in the Islamic republic

(via The Telegraph) Marzieh Vafamehr’s sentence was reported by an Iranian opposition website on Sunday. “A verdict has been issued for Marzieh Vafamehr, sentencing her to a year in

Continue reading Iranian Actress Marzieh Vafamehr Released from Prison

MY TEHRAN FOR SALE Star Behind Bars (The Australian)

The fate of Marzieh Vafamehr, the star of the Australian film MY TEHRAN FOR SALE, remains in limbo after she was jailed in Iran.

Iranian actress Marzieh Vafarmehr in MY TEHRAN FOR SALE

(via The Australian) Although the Iranian judiciary said she would be released on bail last week, she is believed to still be imprisoned. Vafamehr starred in the South Australian-financed and produced film that was filmed largely guerilla-style in Iran. She appeared in the film—which is now more than two years old—without a hijab and shaved her head, though the reason for her imprisonment remains unclear other than being part of a broader Iranian crackdown. [more…]

Asia Pacific Films and Global Lens Streaming!

Jeannette Hereniko’s online brainchild, Asia Pacific Films, launches with THOSE THREE and MY TEHRAN FOR SALE

Global Lens is finally online! After more than a few years of keeping our most precious cargo in hiding from the world of streaming media, GFI is stepping into the next generation with an online presentation of Iranian films THOSE THREE and MY TEHRAN FOR SALE through the Honolulu-based, Asia Pacific Films!

What finally did the trick?

Continue reading Asia Pacific Films and Global Lens Streaming!

LISTEN: Director Granaz Moussavi on filmmaking in Iran

Director Granaz Moussavi

Global Lens director, Granaz Moussavi, and Carter Long, Film Programmer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston recently sat down with Emily Rooney at WGBH radio to talk about the director’s screening of MY TEHRAN FOR SALE (featured in Global Lens 2010) at the Museum, embattled director and colleague Mohammad Rasoulof, and how, despite popular belief, it is possible to make a film in Iran. Listen below!

NOW PLAYING: Global Lens 2011 and MASQUERADES, MY TEHRAN FOR SALE and Other Films from the Global Lens Collection

A scene from MY TEHRAN FOR SALE by director Granaz Moussavi

As Global Lens 2011 opens at the Museum of Modern Art, select films from the current series and the Global Lens Collection are also playing in Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian Institution!

THE WHITE MEADOWS, DOOMAN RIVER and MY TEHRAN FOR SALE (Global Lens 2010) will be playing at the Freer & Sackler Galleriesthroughout January as part of new screening program curated by the Global Film Initiative and programmer, Tom Vick, at the Smithsonian Institution.

Global Lens now playing on Virgin American flights!