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The Global Lens Collection features more than 85 award-winning narrative feature films from Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Each film was originally presented in the critically-acclaimed Global Lens traveling film series and is available for non-theatrical booking and home video purchase, or scheduling as a curated program of films.

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ORDINARY PEOPLE
Director: Vladimir Perisic
Serbia   |   2009   |   79 minutes
Serbian, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis On a seemingly average day, a busload of young soldiers is sent to a remote location in the countryside and given a macabre task: the execution of a number of civilians. Dzoni, a green recruit, initially objects, but as he moves from one killing to the next, he is swept up by the spectre of military authority, and quickly becomes desensitized by the apparently routine nature of his task. As he nears the end of his assignment, the quiet horror of the day slowly begins to affect him, forcing a painful reconciliation with his actions. Set in an unspecified time of conflict in the Balkans, director Vladimir Perisic’s highly attuned and unsentimental lens captures the psychological toll of war on its participants, and the universal struggle of all soldiers to reconcile morality with action.

About the Director Vladimir Perisic was born in Serbia in 1976. He studied film direction at the Faculty of Drama Arts, Belgrade and at La Femis, Paris, receiving his diploma from the Directing Department. He has directed several short films including Realitatvirtust and Miloch. His graduation film, Dremano Oko, was selected for Cinefondation at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2003. Ordinary People is his first feature film.

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DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011

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OCEAN OF AN OLD MAN
Director: Rajesh Shera
India   |   2008   |   84 minutes
Hindi, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and amid the stunning natural beauty of India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands, an elderly British teacher struggles to run a small primary school despite the loss of many of the islands’ children to the recent tragedy. Ignoring the overwhelming grief that washes over the islands, he continues to teach his few remaining students until a government official delivers a relocation order to all residents, causing him to embark on a heartbreaking search for his missing students, convinced they must still be alive. Blending exquisite vistas with the ubiquitous sound of the ocean to convey the precarious balance between human life and the inexorable forces of nature, Rajesh Shera’s debut feature quietly unfolds as a delicate meditation on grief and loss.

About the Director Rajesh Shera was born in Rajasthan, India. He has a master's degree in economics from Dehli University, and in 2005 he received a diploma in Film and Television, with a specialization in editing, from the Film and Television Institute of India. He has also edited and directed several short films. Ocean of an Old Man is his first feature.

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DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011

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MY TEHRAN FOR SALE
Director: Granaz Moussavi
Iran   |   2009   |   95 minutes
Farsi and English, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In this riveting, insider’s perspective on life in Iran’s capital city, Marzieh—a terminally ill actress—wearily relates her desperate quest for political asylum through a series of interviews with an unsympathetic government official. Beginning with details of her doomed relationship with an Iranian-born Australian and their plan to relocate to Adelaide, she recounts her struggle to work as an actress under Iran’s current regime, her hope for a future ultimately dashed by the devastating discovery of her illness, and her need to “escape” the only home she has ever known. Set against the backdrop of Tehran’s thriving arts culture, and framed through a series of artful and dramatic flashback sequences, poet-turned-filmmaker Granaz Moussavi boldly registers the trials of a modern woman struggling to flourish in Iran’s contemporary political climate.

About the Director Granaz Moussavi was born in Tehran, Iran in 1974. She received a degree in Screen Studies from Flinders University and a postgraduate degree in Film Editing from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She is the author of four collections of avant-garde poetry and has directed and edited several short films and documentaries. My Tehran For Sale is her first feature film.

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DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012

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MASQUERADES (Mascarades)
Director: Lyes Salem
Algeria   |   2008   |   92 minutes
Arabic, with subtitles in English
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Algeria’s official submission to the 2009 Academy Awards


Synopsis After working for much of his life as a gardener in his dusty Algerian village, Mounir dreams of improving his family’s fortune and gaining a measure of respect by marrying off his narcoleptic sister, Rym, to a “real gentleman.” However, Rym has other plans—she dreams of marrying Mounir’s best friend, Khliffa, who has secretly courted her for years. When Mounir lashes out at village gossip with a fib that he has promised Rym to a wealthy outsider, she comes out of her sleepy stupor to embrace the rumor and press her real betrothed into action. Beautifully brought to life by a memorable cast—including director Lyes Salem as the cocky but compassionate bumbler Mounir—this heartfelt comedy suggests that when dreams become reality, it’s time to wake up.


About the Director Lyes Salem was born in Alger, Algeria in 1973. After studying at the National Conservatory for Superior Dramatic Arts, he performed in some of the most respected theaters in the country. His second short film, Cousines, received France's César award for Best Short Film in 2005. As an actor, he has appeared in a number of films, including Alex, Banlieue 13 and L’Ecole de la Chair. Mascarades is his first feature film.


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DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011


 


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LEO'S ROOM (El Cuarto De Leo)
Director: Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay   |   2009   |   92 minues
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In the heart of Montevideo, the affable but secretly troubled Leo wraps himself in the comfort of his small rented room, unmotivated to finish his college thesis or find a job, and content with infrequent visits from his girlfriend. After their six-month relationship ends, Leo begins to break out of his shell by cruising the Internet for a new companion, enlisting the aid of a sympathetic therapist along the way. However, it isn’t until he has a chance reunion with a classmate that he is forced to consider the true meaning of his reclusive lifestyle, and a future outside the metaphoric safety of his room. Featuring an affecting soundtrack and an equally endearing cast of characters, director Enrique Buchichio’s affirming drama is a unique vision of isolation and coming-of-age set against a modern tale of romance and friendship.

About the Director Enrique Buchichio was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1973. In 2005, he was selected for the Talent Campus Buenos Aires competition, organized by the Universidad del Cine in cooperation with the Berlinale Talent Campus. In 2007 he released the short Noche Fría. Leo’s Room is his first feature film.

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DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011

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GODS (Dioses)
Director: Josué Méndez
Peru   |   2008   |   91 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In director Josué Méndez’s stylishly composed second feature, Elisa—the soon-to-be-wife of a wealthy industrialist—is eager to shed her working-class background in favor of the opulence of her fiance’s elite lifestyle. To her dismay, she soon realizes her hopes to slip into magazine-ready images of domestic splendor must also include her future stepchildren: Diego, who is hounded by his overbearing father and reluctantly preparing to enter the family business, and Andrea, Diego’s party-girl sister and the object of both his desire and disgust. As Elisa embraces her new life of lavish parties and beachfront estates, Diego and Andrea rebel against their upper-class upbringing, setting the stage for an ironic contrast of fate and ambition in this biting satire on upper-crust wealth and privilege.


About the Director Josué Méndez was born in 1976 in Lima, Peru. He graduated with a degree in Film Studies and Latin American Studies from Yale University in 1998. His first film, Días de Santiago, Peru’s Official Entry for the 2004 Academy Awards, won more than 35 international awards. In addition to his work as executive producer and editor for film, he has written and directed for Peruvian television, advertising and theater. Dioses is his second feature film.


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DVD Release Date: June 28th 2011


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BECLOUD (Vaho)
Director: Alejandro Gerber Bicecci
Mexico   |   2009   |   117 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis On a dry lakebed in 1964, a trucker and his companion find a baby boy at the dry breast of its dead mother. Years later the trucker operates an ice factory in a poor urban district with his son, José, who dreams of one day striking out on his own. Neighbor Felipe, meanwhile, works at an Internet café and another neighbor, Andrés, lives with his alcoholic father but spends his free time studying Mexico’s pre-Columbian golden age. All three share a defining incident from their childhood, linking the destinies of their entire neighborhood to the lakebed and baby from years earlier. In this shrewd and well-acted story, director Alejandro Gerber Bicecci turns a tangled neighborhood tale into an enthralling mix of history, memory and atonement, creating an unexpected parable of modern Mexico itself.


About the Director Alejandro Gerber Bicecci was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1977. He graduated cum laude from the Film Training Center CCC (Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica) and has received numerous grants and fellowships for filmmaking and screenwriting. He is a prolific producer of documentaries and shorts, and his second documentary, Morada, won the Golden Mikeldi at the Bilbao International Film Festival and screened worldwide. Becloud is his first feature film.


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DVD Release Date: June 28th 2011


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ADRIFT (Choi Voi)
Director: Bui Thac Chuyen
Vietnam   |   2009   |   110 minutes
Vietnamese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Soon after her wedding, newlywed Duyen’s excitement begins to fade as she realizes her young husband is not only sexually naïve, but overly occupied by his job and doting mother. As her marriage goes unconsummated and her emotional isolation grows, she reaches out to her closest girlfriend, Cam, who secretly desires her, but pushes her into the arms of a dangerous and provocative suitor. The resulting sexual awakening and infidelity puts Duyen in a precarious love triangle, challenging her notions of conventional relationships and also the stability of her new family. Saturated with erotic tension, director Bui Thac Chuyen’s sensuous and absorbing second feature traces the emotional and psychological landscapes of lust and desire, weaving an atmospheric tale of love and life in modern Hanoi.

About the Director Bui Thac Chuyen was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1968. He began his film career in 1991 with the short film Eternal Sadness, which won the Golden Swift Wing Prize at the 1st National Viet Nam Festival of Short Movies. His debut feature film, Living in Fear was awarded the Asian New Talent Prize for Best Film in the 2006 Shanghai International Film Festival. Adrift is his second feature film.

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DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012

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MY TIME WILL COME (Cuando Me Toque A Mi)
Director: Víctor Arregui
Ecuador   |   2008   |   90 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis A predawn murder sets in motion a series of interlocking tragedies that eventually find their way to the city morgue's brooding Dr. Arturo Fernandez. Physically and emotionally isolated from the world around him, Arturo develops an oddly intimate relationship with the personal lives of his cases, gradually forcing him to confront his connection to the living, and the dead. Adapted from the novel De Que Nada Se Sabe, director Víctor Arregui's serpentine tale is a dark but sympathetic portrait of one man's solitude set against a richly textured rendering of Quito, Ecuador's capital city.

About the Director Víctor Arregui was born in Guaranda, Ecuador in 1962. He began his career working as a cameraman and director of photography for television and documentary films; as a photographer, he conducted prize–winning work with UNICEF. In 1999 he made the short film, El Tropezon, as part of the project "Ecuador en Corto (Ecuador in Short Films)." In 2003 his first feature, Offside, screened at more than 30 film festivals around the world. My Time Will Come is his second feature film.

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
Director: Faouzi Bensaïdi
Morocco   |   2006   |   94 minutes
Arabic and French, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Souad is a prostitute whose best friend is Kenza, a tough traffic cop. Kamel is a stony-eyed contract killer who receives his hit orders via the Internet; he is also Souad's favorite customer. When Kenza falls in love with Kamel, the two begin a bizarre courtship doomed by their disparate lines of work, and a persistent cyber-snooping hacker who stumbles upon the site where Kamel receives his murderous contracts. Moroccan actor-director Faouzi Bensaïdi's promiscuously stylish film is a new vision of an old culture, unveiling an uncommon Casablanca caught in a world wide web of associations and consequences.

About the Director Faouzi Bensaïdi was born in Meknes, Morocco in 1967. After studying at the Rabat Institute of Dramatic Art, he began his career directing for the stage, and in 1997, he directed his first short film, The Cliff. His two subsequent shorts, The Wall and The Rain Line, won prizes at the Cannes International Film Festival, and the Venice International Film Festival. His first feature film, A Thousand Months, premiered in 2003. What a Wonderful World is his second feature film.

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