Every person has a voice. Every voice tells a story. Every story reveals a world. The Global Film Initiative proudly presents an extraordinary series of ten feature films.
2012 Global Lens Film Schedule
All showings begin at 7:00pm at the University YMCA's Latzer Hall and are free and open to the public. Most films are appropriate for 18+ years of age. Each link below opens a new page to a film description by The Global Film Initiative.
September 5 | AMNESTY (Amnistia)
Director: Bujar Alimani | Albania | 2011 | 83 minutes | Albanian, with subtitles in English
A new law allowing conjugal visits in Albanian prisons presents the opportunity for a sympathetic affair between a man and woman visiting their incarcerated spouses—until a prisoner amnesty threatens their fragile new bond.
September 12 | CRAFT (Riscado)
Director: Gustavo Pizzi | Brazil | 2010 | 85 minutes | Portuguese and French, with subtitles in English
A struggling actress and celebrity impersonator lands an audition and what may be her “big break” after an inspired director recasts his film around her socially marginalized life as an underrated artist in Rio.
September 19 | FAT, BALD, SHORT MAN (Gordo, Calvo Y Bajito)
Director: Carlos Osuna | Colombia | 2011 | 91 minutes Spanish, with subtitles in English
The prospects for a lonely middle-aged notary unexpectedly change after he joins a self-improvement group and his charismatic new boss—and strangely affable doppelgänger—takes an interest in his life.
September 26 | THE FINGER (El Dedo)
Director: Sergio Teubal | Argentina | 2011| 93 minutes | Spanish, with subtitles in English
In the face of electoral fraud and intimidation, the severed finger of a respected local leader points the way forward for independent-minded citizens and their town ’s quest for democracy after dictatorship.
October 3| GREY MATTER (Matière Grise)
Director: Kivu Ruhorahoza | Rwanda | 2011 | 100 minutes Kinyarwanda and French, with subtitles in English
After government officials decline to support his project, a determined filmmaker enlists the support of a loan shark to finance his trenchant drama about the aftermath and impact of genocide on a brother and sister.
October 10 | MOURNING (Soog)
Director: Morteza Farshbaf | Iran | 2011 | 85 minutes | Persian, with subtitles in English
In the wake of his parents’ disappearance, a young boy is placed in the care of his deaf aunt and uncle who, during a road trip to Tehran, engage in a silent but apparently not-so-secret debate about the child’s future.
October 17 | PEGASUS (Pegase)
Director: Mohamed Mouftakir | Morocco | 2010 | 104 minutes | Arabic, with subtitles in English
A young woman, traumatized by her dictatorial father ’s insistence she be raised as a boy, finds herself the unwitting patient of a psychiatrist intent on learning the truth behind the girl’s story.
October 24 | THE PRIZE (El Premio)
Director: Paula Markovitch | Argentina | 2011 | 99 minutes | Spanish, with subtitles in English
A political activist’s life-in-hiding on an isolated stretch of Argentina’s coastline is jeopardized after her seven-year-old daughter is selected to participate in a local school’s patriotic essay contest.
October 31 | QARANTINA
Director: Oday Rasheed | Iraq | 2010 | 90 minutes | Arabic, with subtitles in English
A sullen assassin, living above a dysfunctional family in Baghdad, captures the attention of the household’s unhappy mother, setting a dangerous stage for confrontation with the family’s lecherous father.
November 7 | TOLL BOOTH (Gise Memuru)
Director: Tolga Karaçelik | Turkey | 2010 | 96 minutes | Turkish, with subtitles in English
An aging toll booth attendant, straining under the weight of a domineering father and suffocating work routine, finally begins to crack when faced with the emotional pressure of an unexpected romance.