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


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!):

  • 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 World Cinema Week, and if you’re a high school, keep the DVD(s) as a donation to your library’s permanent collection!

This is an exclusive offer sponsored by the Global Film Initiative’s Education Program and the deadline to apply is March 31st, 2011. Download an application now:  high school or college, university and public libraries



THE LIGHT THIEF (SVET-AKE), dir. Aktan Arym Kubat, Kyrgyzstan, 2010, 80 mins.
Veteran director, Aktan Arym Kubat, gives new meaning to the term “entrepreneurship” in this charming feature about Mr. Light—a humble electrician who unwittingly strikes a deal with a rich politician whose corrupt ambitions threaten to upend the electrician’s dream to build windmills in his village.  Preview our discussion guide for this film here!

MASQUERADES (MASCARADES), dir. Lyes Salem, Algeria, 2008, 92 mins.
In this audience favorite, actor-director Lyes Salem tells the humorous story of a village turned inside-out when a well-intentioned fib suddenly transforms a gardener into a mogul, forcing him to choose between the happiness of his narcoleptic sister and his newfound celebrity.  Algeria’s official submission to the Oscars—read our interview with the director here!

MY TEHRAN FOR SALE, dir. Granaz Moussavi, Iran, 2009, 95 mins.
Poet-director Granaz Moussavi takes you behind-the-scenes of Tehran’s thriving and turbulent arts subculture as seen through the eyes of Marzieh—an ailing actress who recounts her attempts to live, work and love in Iran’s largest city as she waits to receive political asylum from Australia.  Click here to listen to Moussavi’s recent interview at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston!

SHIRLEY ADAMS, dir. Oliver Hermanus, South Africa, 2009, 92 mins.
In this cinematic tour-de-force from South African newcomer Oliver Hermanus, a single mother on the edge of Cape Town contemplates her fate and cautiously accepts the help of an overeager social worker as she struggles to care for her paraplegic and suicidal son.  Denise Newman received a Best Actress award for her performance in Shirley Adamsclick here to watch a clip!

THE INVISIBLE EYE (LA MIRADA INVISIBLE) dir. Diego Lerman, 2010, 95 mins.
Award-winning director, Diego Lerman, weaves a suspenseful story about mid-80s Argentina and an overzealous young teacher who develops an unusual obsession with one of her students after she is asked to keep a watchful ‘eye’ over the happenings at an elite Buenos Aires private school.  Winner of the Special Jury award at the Havana International Film Festival—click here to learn more about the film!

But there’s more! Download an application (high school or college, university and public libraries) to view the complete list of films available for World Cinema Week and remember: if you’re a high school, all screenings are free and you can keep the DVDs for your library’s permanent collection!

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