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About Global Lens

The Global Lens film series was launched in 2003 to support the distribution of unique and critically acclaimed cinematic works from around the world. Since its founding, the series has provided a platform for exceptional storytelling and opened a window in the diverse world in which we live. Now in its tenth year, Global Lens continues to attract dynamic audiences and discover extraordinary new films, building upon the unique perspectives that have come to define the Global Film Initiative’s library of films.

The Global Lens Collection includes more than 95 unique cinematic perspectives from over 35 nations. In an effort to expose audiences to new voices, the Global Film Initiative makes these films available through theatrical, non-theatrical, home video, television, educational and airline markets in the United States and Canada.

The Global Lens film series is a program of the Global Film Initiative, which was founded with a mission of promoting cross cultural understanding through cinema. The Education Program presents educational screenings of Global Lens films for students in locations where the touring series is shown, and also publishes free, innovative discussion guides and learning resources that explore social, cultural and historical themes introduced by films.

All proceeds from the Global Lens film series support international filmmaker grants, educational programming and resources, touring film exhibitions and other philanthropic initiatives and programs sponsored by the Global Film Initiative. 

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If you have additional questions, or for more information on Global Lens and the Global Film Initiative, please visit our FAQ or contact us at gfi-info@globalfilm.org.