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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GFI’s Summer Squad

Today is Intern Appreciation Day at GFI! Well really, every day is Intern Appreciation Day at GFI, but today comes with pizza and Kettle Chips to show for it!

This summer has graced us with some amazingly talented folks. From helping us watch hundreds of screeners to compiling publicity packets for each DVD release, they put the “initiative” in Global Film Initiative and help us do what we do. In fact, we couldn’t do it without them.

They’re all pretty interesting people to boot, so without further ado, let’s meet the crew!

Sarah Barness Graduated from: UC Berkeley Major: Rhetoric and Media Studies Favorite Film: Paper Moon While interning at GFI I’ve learned that…an honest review is most valuable. When I’m not interning at GFI, you can find me…playing my banjo. Someday I want to…be an art historian who does costume and set design for period piece films.

 

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