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The Global Lens Series annually features eight to ten narrative feature films from Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East that are presented to audiences in theatrical locations across the United States and Canada.

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THE FINGER (El Dedo)
Director: Sergio Teubal
Argentina   |   2011   |   93 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis After seven years of dictatorship, a remote village in Argentina formally becomes a town with the birth of its 501st inhabitant. Hidalgo, a slick and ingratiating scion, is eager for the new post of mayor. Smelling a rat, Baldomero (a beloved natural leader with a habitually tapping digit) opposes him with his own candidacy—and soon turns up dead.  His shopkeeper brother vows revenge, keeping Baldomero’s severed finger in a jar, initially as a remembrance, but eventually as an absurd icon of leadership that spurs the town to defy crooked elections, interloping powers and Hidalgo to go its own way. Based on real events, this charming dramatic comedy pokes fun at small town ways while celebrating true democratic values.


About the Director Sergio Teubal was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1969. He began his artistic career as a theater actor, performing in stage productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Macbeth; he later received a scholarship to study at the Advanced Residential Theatre and Television Skill Centre in York, England. His short film, To Daddy, was awarded the Best Short Film Jury Prize at San Francisco’s International Latino Film Festival in 2007 and first prize of Argentina’s National Art Fund in 2008. The Finger is his first feature film.


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ON EACH SIDE (A Cada Lado)
Director: Hugo Grosso
Argentina   |   2006   |   101 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Constructing the Rosario-Victoria Bridge in the interior or Argentina is a two-year process, which transforms lives on both sides of the river. As the bridge take shape, carefree boys grow into teenagers, a mysterious engineer touches the life of his landlord, and a photographer documents the process of change. But no one is prepared for the transformation that begins only once the bridge is complete. Grosso uses the metaphor of a bridge to reflect the themes of passage, union, and transition in his characters' lives.

About the Director Hugo Grosso was born in Rosario, Argentina, in 1955. He studied filmmaking at Taller de Cine Arteon, EPCTV de Rosario and UNR. Grosso helped to create a school for filmmaking and TV in Rosario, where he has taught and held the post of headmaster at various times since 1984. He also helped to form the Festival Latinoamericano de Video de Rosario, and has held government positions in audio-visual media. Grosso's documentaries include La Salvaje: Rita, con el alma el desnudo (1999) and Donde Comienza el Camino (Where the Road Begins, 2005). On Each Side is his first feature film.

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THE CUSTODIAN (El Custodio)
Director: Rodrigo Moreno
Argentina   |   2006   |   93 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis As a bodyguard for a high profile politician, Ruben is reduced to a mere shadow of a man: every action in his life is regulated by a series of mundane routines, and everywhere his boss goes he must follow, watching but never speaking. Resigned to his invisibility, his life is a series of days without meaning, punctuated only by visits to a prostitute, in this compelling chronicle by first-time director Rodrigo Moreno of a man without any true identity or connection to the world in which he lives.

About the Director Rodrigo Moreno was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1972. He graduated from the directing program at the Universidad del Cine, where he has been teaching screenwriting and directing since 1996. He collaborated as writer and director with Ulises Rosell and Andrés Tambornino on the feature film Sweet Repose (2002), an offbeat comedy that won Best Film at Images du Monde Festival (Canada). He also wrote and directed Compañeros, the last segment of the episodic feature Bad Times (1998). He has previously directed several short films, his first being Nosotros (1993), which screened at the Berlin International Film Festival Forum (Germany) and won Best Film at the Bilbao Festival (Spain). The Custodian is his first feature film.

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THE PRIZE (El Premio)
Director: Paula Markovitch
Argentina   |   2011   |   99 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Under the cloud of a military dictatorship, a young mother and her daughter flee Buenos Aires for the seclusion of a ramshackle cottage along the windy dunes of an Argentine beach. As her mother listens for news from the radio with sad stoicism, restlessly curious seven-year-old Cecilia joins a nearby school overseen by a kindly teacher. A childhood idyll, however, soon becomes contaminated by the general political crisis, as the teacher recruits the class for a patriotic essay contest sponsored by the army—the very people that may have already disappeared Cecilia’s father—in this superbly acted and engrossingly atmospheric drama about innocence in illicit times.


About the Director Paula Markovitch was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1968. She has taught screenwriting at the Center of Cinematographic Capacitation (CCC) and is writer and director of the short films Perriférico and Ambulance Music. She has also served as an adviser for the Fundación Toscano-Sundance Lab, the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE) and the National Fund for the Arts and Culture (FONCA). The Prize is her first feature film.


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TODAY AND TOMORROW (Hoy y Mañana)
Director: Alejandro Chomski
Argentina   |   2003   |   87 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis The seemingly unavoidable downward spiral of Argentina's middle class during the current economic and social crisis is vividly brought to life in the character of young, street-smart Paola. A talented, would-be actress with a paying job as a waitress, she is always on the run: from her landlord, from the gas bill, from being late for work, and from her father's demands. Her energy is matched in the nervous yet intimate camera work that follows her closely though the 24 hours she is given to raise the money required to avoid being evicted. Paola's disillusion and emotional turmoil become increasingly disturbing as her desperation leads her to darker corners of Buenos Aires' nightlife. Alejandro Chomski tracks actress Antonella Costa in every frame lending enormous credibility to the troubled Paolo with her appropriately wired performance.

About the Director Alejandro Chomski was born in Argentina in 1968. Much of his academic and professional training took place in the U.S., where he moved after studying sociology for three years in Buenos Aires. In Los Angeles, a Fulbright Scholarship allowed him to complete a Master's degree at the American Film Institute. He has produced, written, directed and shot numerous shorts, supported by actors and actresses like Charles Rocket and Julie Delpy. Chomski has worked as an assistant on videos, commercials and features for directors Spike Lee, Luis Puenzo, Emir Kusturica and Jim Jarmusch. He shot a documentary spoof titled, Who Is Alejandro Chomski?. In 2001, Chomski won the INCAA Competition for Young Directors. Today and Tomorrow is his first feature.

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BELVEDERE
Director: Ahmed Imamović
Bosnia & Herzegovina   |   2010   |   90 minutes
Bosnian, with subtitles in English
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Bosnia & Herzegovina’s official submission to the 2012 Academy Awards


Synopsis Ruveyda is like most residents of the Belvedere refugee camp: a widow yearning to forget the tragedy of war, fifteen years after the ethnic cleansing of Bosnia and Herzegovina. But unlike those around her, she spends most of her days in a bittersweet routine of caring for her extended family, and searching for the remains of her husband and son—both of which offer a precarious hope that is one day tested when her nephew is selected to participate in a reality show in a former enemy enclave. An emotionally rich portrait of war’s troubled aftermath, director Ahmed Imamovi?’s film paints an uncommon image of patience, faith, love, and above all, forgiveness.


About the Director Ahmed Imamovi? was born in Sarajevo in 1971. He majored in Directing at Sarajevo’s Academy of Performing Arts, and has worked as cameraman, assistant director and screenwriter for documentaries and commercials. His first feature film, Go West, won the Audience Award for Best Film at the 2006 Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York. Belvedere is his second feature film.


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FUSE (Gori Vatra)
Director: Pjer Zalica
Bosnia and Herzegovina   |   2003   |   105 minutes
Bosian/Serbo-Croatian with Subtitles in English
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Synopsis This brilliantly controlled debut feature opens with a jolt symbolic of the dangers buried beneath the surface of a small rustic village in Bosnia. Two years after the civil war has officially ended, Serbs and Muslims are trying to live and work together. A dryly humorous tone contrasted with a shrewd sense of reality, even in the tragic legacy of post-war Bosnia, balances this beautifully wrought political satire. Times are tough indeed, and everyone has to make his or her living in some sort of illegal way. It's an unflinchingly honest and darkly funny depiction of a poor, corrupt community struggling to hide its unlawful activities, unhappy alliances, amidst an attempt to establish some sort of democracy. Pjer Zalica combines techniques from 1960s East European comedies and his background in documentaries to generate a steady stream of sparks, built around a single, quasi-political event (Clinton is planning a visit).

About the Director Pjer Zalica was born in Sarajevo in 1964. He graduated from the Department of Directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Sarajevo. He then went on to complete a course in film screenplay writing and film production at the Gronjan International Film School. Author of several screenplays for film and TV, Zalica has also co-written a screenplay for the first post-war feature film from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Perfect Circle. Pjer is currently a Professor in the Department of Directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Sarajevo. His most recent film, Days and Hours (2004), recently was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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SOUTHWEST (Sudoeste)
Director: Eduardo Nunes
Brazil   |   2011   |   128 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In this gorgeously dreamlike and mysterious tale, a young woman named Clarice gives birth on her deathbed to a baby girl also christened Clarice by the bruxa (or witch) attending the nearly simultaneous moments of death and birth. Spirited away to a remote lakeside village, baby Clarice lives her whole life in the span of twenty-four hours, and yet (as the film’s vast, black-and-white panoramas suggest) even so compressed a lifetime remains impossible to fully grasp or contain. In Eduardo Nunes’s assured debut feature, precious strands of memory, identity and desire add up to a palpable fairytale affirming our place in the ineffable stream of life.


About the Director Eduardo Nunes was born in Niterói, Brazil in 1969. He studied cinema at the Fluminense Federal University in Rio de Janeiro. He has worked as an assistant director, producer and editor. He directed documentaries beginning in 1998 and has also directed five short films. His short film Reminiscence won Best Brazilian Short Film and Best Brazilian Short Film Sound at the Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival in 2002. Southwest is his first feature film.


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MARGARETTE'S FEAST (A Festa de Margarette)
Director: Renato Falcão
Brazil   |   2002   |   80 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Brazilian, black-and-white silent film, Margarette's Feast, is director Renato Falcão's stunning debut feature. The phenomenal Hique Gomez plays the stereotypical little-guy-against-the-world whose predicament transforms him into this tall stick of a human alternately tugging at your heart-strings and your laugh-out-loud muscles in a pitch perfect blend of tragedy and comedy. The film makes dazzling use of exhilarating Brazilian music, intentionally under-lit photography, exuberant acting styles, and a cast of characters spanning the social spectrum that would be the envy of Dicken's or Balzac.

About the director Born in Passo Fundo, Brasil in 1963, Renato Falcao is an award-winning cinematographer and director. He has shot five feature films and more than 20 short films, as well as numerous documentaries, television miniseries, and music videos, winning several awards for his work at film festivals around the world. As a cinematographer, Renato shot his first internationally acclaimed short film, “Presage”, in 1993. His 1994 short film, “Save me”, received awards at the 1995 Houston Worldfest and the Columbus International Film Festival. In 1997, his short film, “Dearly Beloved”, produced by The Shooting Gallery and starring Eric Stoltz, received the Best Short Film Award at the 1997 Houston Worldfest. Renato has also served as cinematographer for the critically acclaimed feature, “Neptune's Rocking Horse”, and the highly grossing independent film, “American Desi”. Renato made his directorial debut in 1994 with the documentary, “Um Ato de Amor à Vida”, which played a consequential role in the AIDS prevention movement in Brasil. In 2002, Renato served as director, as well as writer and cinematographer, for his first feature film, “Margarette’s Feast”, which received the Best Music Award at the “Cine Ceara 2002 — Brasil”, and the awards for Best Art Director and Best New Director at the “35 Festival de Cinema de Brasilia — Brasil”, the oldest and most respected Brazilian Film Festival. Renato has studied with well-known directors of photography such as Laszlo Kovacs A.S.C, Sol Negrin A.S.C, and the Oscar winning Richard Shore A.S.C., as well as the great Cuban filmmaker Humberto Solás. He is currently in postproduction for the documentary, “Iberê”, about the great Brasilian painter Iberê Camargo.

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CINEMA, ASPIRINS AND VULTURES (Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus)
Director: Marcelo Gomes
Brazil   |   2005   |   99 minutes
Portuguese and German with subtitles in English
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Brazil’s official submission to the 2006 Academy Awards

Synopsis 1942 in the middle of Northeastern Brazil, two very different men meet along the road: Johan, an aspirin salesman avoiding the German draft, and Ranulpho, a rural Brazilian seeking escape from the drought. Although their personalities and lives are worlds apart, the two men develop a deep friendship, as Johan, in an effort to provide Ranulpho with job skills, teaches Ranulpho to run the film projector, and drive a truck. In this deliberately-paced road film, Marcelo Gomes reminds us that war is as close as Johan's radio, broadcasting its relentless warnings that all lives are changed when the world is in conflict.

About the Director Marcelo Gomes was born in Recife, in Northeastern Brazil. He studied filmmaking at Bristol University in the United Kingdom and produced his first short, Maracutu Maracutus in 1994. He produced the documentaries Punk, Rock, Hard Core (1996) and Expresso Brazil (1997). Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2004), his first feature film, received a Special Jury Prize and Best Actor Award (Joao Miguel) at the 2005 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.

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