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The Global Lens 2009 Film Series Comes to Kent State University

Posted Oct, 8, 2009

The Global Film Initiative announced today that its Global Lens film series – 10 award-winning narrative, feature films from Argentina, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Morocco and Mozambique – will screen at Kent State University (www.kent.edu) and the Akron Art Museum (www.akronartmuseum.org) in October and November.  The films will be shown at the Kent Student Center Kiva located at East Summit Street and Risman Drive in Kent, at Kent State University at Stark’s library located at 6000 Frank Ave., NW in North Canton, and at the Akron Art Museum located at One South High St. in downtown Akron.  All screenings are free and open to the public.

“This year’s lineup of films, from Central Asia to Latin America, is artistically strong and well balanced – it’s one of our best yet,” said Susan Weeks Coulter, board chair of The Global Film Initiative.

Global Lens 2009 includes the Macedonian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, I AM FROM TITOV VELES, along with critical favorites GETTING HOME (Ecumenical Jury Prize, Berlin International Film Festival), MUTUM (Directors’ Fortnight) and POSSIBLE LIVES (Pavilion les Cinémas du Sud, Cannes Film Festival). The entire 10-film program delivers a choice slate of storytelling from regions not typically seen in mainstream cinema.

Global Lens is an annual, touring film series launched in 2003 by the Global Film Initiative to support the distribution of critically acclaimed cinematic works from around the world. Since its founding, the series has provided a platform for exceptional storytelling and opened a window into the diverse world in which we live.

2009 marks the first year the series will play at Kent State University and the Akron Art Museum.

The films will be shown with English subtitles.  For information, visit http://library.kent.edu/films, call 330-672-1667 or e-mail dboomhow@kent.edu.  Many of the films in this series contain mature images or themes not appropriate for children; viewer discretion is advised.

Global Lens 2009 films:

  • GETTING HOME (LUO YE GUI GEN), dir. Zhang Yang, China
    Friday, Oct. 16 – 7:30 pm – Kent State University, Kent Student Center Kiva
    Thursday, Nov. 5 – 7 pm – Akron Art Museum
    In a show of loyalty, an aging construction worker carries the body of his fallen friend hundreds of miles to a burial site in China’s Three Gorges region.
  • I AM FROM TITOV VELES (JAS SUM OD TITOV VELES), dir. Teona Strugar Mitevska, Macedonia
    Saturday, Oct. 17 – 7:30 pm – Kent State University, Kent Student Center Kiva
    Thursday, Nov. 12 – 7 pm – Akron Art Museum
    Set in the quaint but scarred town of Veles, three sisters put self-interest above family as they take desperate steps to escape their dying community.
  • MUTUM, dir. Sandra Kogut, Brazil
    Sunday, Oct. 18 - 2:30 pm – Kent State University, Kent Student Center Kiva
    Sunday, Nov. 8 – 3:15 pm – Akron Art Museum
    Burdened by his parents’ unhappy marriage and father’s abuse, a young boy in rural Brazil grapples with his disintegrating family and uncertainties of the adult world.
  • MY TIME WILL COME (CUANDO ME TOQUE A MI), dir. Victor Arregui, Ecuador
    Sunday, Oct. 18 – 7:30 pm – Kent State University, Kent Student Center Kiva
    Wednesday, Oct. 28 – 6 pm – Kent State University at Stark, Library Conference Room
    In Ecuador’s capital city, a coroner’s fragile emotional life is threatened when he develops a personal interest in his cases.
  • THE PHOTOGRAPH, dir. Nan Triveni Achnas, Indonesia
    Monday, Oct. 19 – 7:30 pm – Kent State University, Kent Student Center Kiva
    Sunday, Nov. 15 – 3 pm – Akron Art Museum
    A prostitute struggling to support her family forms a bond with the reclusive portrait photographer from whom she rents a room.
  • POSSIBLE LIVES (LAS VIDAS POSIBLES), dir. Sandra Gugliotta, Argentina
    Tuesday, Oct. 20 – 7:30 pm – Kent State University, Kent Student Center Kiva
    Sunday, Nov. 8 – 11:15 am – Akron Art Museum
    A woman searching for her missing husband in remote Patagonia encounters a man who appears to be her spouse, but has another name, another wife and another life.
  • SLEEPWALKING LAND (TERRA SONÂMBULA), dir. Teresa Prata,  Mozambique
    Thursday, Oct. 22 – 7:30 pm – Kent State University, Kent Student Center Kiva
    Sunday, Nov. 15 – 12 pm – Akron Art Museum
    In war-torn Mozambique, a young boy searches the desolate countryside for his family with the aid of an affectionate yet hard-hearted elderly guide.
  • SONG FROM THE SOUTHERN SEAS (PESN’ JUZHNYKH MOREJ), dir. Marat Sarulu, Kazakhstan
    Friday, Oct. 23 – 7:30 pm – Kent State University, Kent Student Center Kiva
    Sunday, Nov. 8 – 1:15 pm – Akron Art Museum
    A darkly comic feud is ignited when a Russian man suspects that his son is the result of an affair between his wife and a Kazakh neighbor.
  • THOSE THREE (AN SEH), dir. Naghi Nemati, Iran
    Saturday, Oct. 24 – 7:30 pm – Kent State University, Kent Student Center Kiva
    Wednesday, Nov. 4 – 6 pm – Kent State University at Stark
    A day from completing their military training, three conscripts abandon a dismal army life and head off for freedom through the frozen wilderness of Northern Iran.
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD, dir. Faouzi Bensaïdi, Morocco
    Sunday, Oct. 25 – 7:30 pm – Kent State University, Kent Student Center Kiva
    Tuesday, Nov. 10 – 6 pm – Kent State University at Stark
    On the streets of Casablanca, a prostitute’s best friend – a tough traffic cop – falls in love with her best customer, a contract killer.

The Global Film Initiative is a U.S.-based not-for-profit organization specializing in the support of independent film from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Founded in 2002 to promote cross-cultural understanding through the language of cinema, the Initiative awards numerous grants to deserving filmmakers from around the world each year and supports a touring film series entitled Global Lens. For more information about the Global Lens film series and Global Film Initiative programs, visit http://www.globalfilm.org.

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Media Contacts:  
Chris Wiggum, pr@globalfilm.org, 415-934-9500
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595