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July 10, 2013 – August 25, 2013

Global Lens is an annual touring exhibition organized by the Global Film Initiative (GFI) to encourage filmmaking in countries with developing film communities. The ten films in this year’s program—from the little-seen cinemas of such countries as Chile, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, and Serbia—include projects developed with seed money from the GFI and offer a contemporary survey of fascinating filmmaking from areas where political, cultural, and economic challenges make independent feature filmmaking and distribution a formidable challenge. Accomplished, entertaining, and thought-provoking, these films are all deeply rooted in the social and political realities of the countries where their talented and resourceful makers live and set their stories.

About 111 Girls

Directed by Nahid Ghobadi, Bijan Zmanpira

A darkly comic road movie with deadly serious implications, ABOUT 111 GIRLS follows an Iranian bureaucrat on his quest to

Beijing Flickers

Directed by Zhang Yuan

“Every day people disappear in this city. If I disappeared, would anyone come looking for me?” So muses San Bao,

Cairo 678

Directed by Mohamed Diab

Three Cairene women from very different backgrounds pull together in uneasy solidarity to combat the sexual harassment that has impacted

Life Kills Me

Directed by Sebastián Silva

Life and death come wrapped in a mutual embrace in this absurd, poignant comedy about an unlikely friendship between a

Modest Reception

Directed by Mani Haghighi

Leyla and Kaveh are a mysterious pair from Tehran, traveling the mountainous countryside in their Lexus coupe to push big

Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights

Directed by Suman Ghosh

His sense of propriety upset by the “wasteful” expense of electricity, a very particular 80-year-old retiree becomes obsessed with getting


Directed by Eduardo Nunes

On her deathbed, a young woman named Clarice gives birth to a baby girl, also christened Clarice by an attending


Directed by Darežen Omirbajev

Spurred by his own postmodern musings and the growing inequality, corruption, and kill-or-be-killed ethic of post-Soviet Kazakhstan, a solitary philosophy

The Fantastic World of Juan Orol

Directed by Sebastián Del Amo

Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, “involuntary surrealist” Juan Orol (1897–1988), receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this deft, irresistible love letter to

The Parade

Directed by Srđan Dragojević

A small group of gay activists in Belgrade strikes an uneasy alliance with a war-hardened Serbian crime boss whose fiancée