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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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ALMOST BROTHERS (Quase Dois Irmãos)
Director: Lúcia Murat
Brazil   |   2004   |   102 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis This poignant film is the story of two men: white, middleclass Miguel, and black favela-dweller Jorge who meet as boys through their fathers' passion for music. Their friendship is renewed during a lengthy incarceration in the mid 1970's. Director Lúcia Murat offers a commentary on the lowest rung of society in contemporary Rio de Janeiro when, as adults, Miguel and Jorge, one a government official and the other a drug lord, respectively, discover that their lives have more in common than they ever realized.

About the Director Lúcia Murat was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1948. Her earliest was in educational television. Her first feature film was How Nice to See You Alive (1989), which won the Best Film award at the Brasilia Film Festival. Among her feature films are Sweet Power (1996) and Brave New Land (2000). Almost Brothers (2004) won the FIPRESCI Prize and Best Director Award at the 2004 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.

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Featured in the Global Lens 2006 film series.

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CRAFT (Riscado)
Director: Gustavo Pizzi
Brazil   |   2010   |   85 minutes
Portuguese and French, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Bianca manages a precarious living as a talented but underemployed actress in Rio de Janeiro, performing for private events dressed as female movie icons. Troubled by the thought she has missed her chance at a “big break,” she perseveres with single-minded dedication to her craft—until an audition leads to a rare opportunity, and possible redemption for years of social marginality. But her world may still prove too insecure, even for one as gifted and deserving as Bianca. Set against rich visuals and a down-to-earth tone, Karine Teles’s remarkable lead performance drives an enveloping drama of everyday tragedy in the working world of an artist.


About the Director Gustavo Pizzi was born in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1977. He studied cinema at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and has worked in film since 1996. He was Executive Producer for the short films 7 Minutes and Ivan's Distraction, the latter of which was presented at the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2010. He also produced and edited the feature documentary L.A.P.A., and in 2006 had his directorial debut with the feature documentary Simple Past. Craft is his first narrative feature film.


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Featured in the Global Lens 2012 film series.

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THE TENANTS (Os Inquilinos)
Director: Sérgio Bianchi
Brazil   |   2009   |   103 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Despite a recent wave of violent crime in the city, manual laborer and night student Valter lives a relatively content life with his family in working-class São Paulo. But when three young criminals move in next door, a bunker mentality sets in and Valter soon discovers he is not the only one perversely affected by the mounting chaos of a city under siege, or the unsettling presence of his new neighbors. Building tension throughout with stylish sequences that blend reality and fevered imagination, Sérgio Bianchi’s gripping domestic thriller offers a shrewd portrait of the social and psychological impact of urban violence, depicting a community beset yet also aroused by a permeating atmosphere of destruction.

About the Director Sérgio Bianchi was born in Ponta Grossa, Paraná, Brazil, in 1945. A resident of São Paulo since 1968, he graduated from the Communications and Arts School at the University of São Paulo and began his career in film and photography in 1972. In addition to several short films, his features include Romance, The Secret Cause and Chronically Unfeasible.

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DVD Release Date: March 2012

Featured in the Global Lens 2011 film series.

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MANGO YELLOW (Amarelo Manga)
Director: Cláudio Assis
Brazil   |   2002   |   100 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Guaranteed to shock even jaded viewers, Claudio Assis' debut feature is seeped in bold, sun drenched colors. It is a provocative tale of low-rent losers set in the coastal town of Recife, Brazil. Assis' characters seemingly stem from some Carnival hell - a macho butcher and his born-again wife, a forlorn barmaid, a sinister sadist and the gay manager of a flophouse called the Hotel Texas. A cleverly interconnected script propels the action in this highly original film with its perfect confluence between style and story.

About the Director Cláudio Assis was born in Caruaru, Pernambuco. He directed Henrique (1987), Soneto do Desmantelo Blue (1993), and Texas Hotel (1999), short films that granted him numerous awards in the main Brazilian film festivals. He was also the production manager of the feature film, Baile Perfumado (1997), grand winner of the Brasília Film Festival.

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Featured in the Global Lens 2004 film series.

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MUTUM
Director: Sandra Kogut
Brazil   |   2007   |   86 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Thiago is a sensitive and imaginative boy living on a small, hardscrabble farm in a remote region of Brazil. His life is filled not only with curiosity and youthful discovery, but also the reality of his parent's unhappy marriage and his father's abuse—all of which are one day changed by a chance encounter and unexpected gift. Director Sandra Kogut, in her poetic adaptation of the Brazilian short story Campo Geral, focuses on minute details of rural life to tell a bittersweet story of one boy's coming-of-age amidst events both great and small.

About the Director Sandra Kogut was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1965. She began her career creating performance pieces and installations in Brazil, France and the United States. Her short films have won numerous awards at festivals worldwide and her work has been featured in many venues throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Harvard Film Archive and the Forum des Images. Mutum is her first feature film.

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Featured in the Global Lens 2009 film series.

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THE NIGHT OF TRUTH (La Nuit de la Verite)
Director: Fanta Régina Nacro
Burkina Faso   |   2004   |   100 minutes
French, Mooré and Dioula, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Mirroring the political strife and genocide in contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa, this film opens as preparations are being made to end a decade of civil war in a fictitious country. A peace agreement is about to be signed and celebrated in a night of reconciliation with a laying down of arms. As the powerful drumming begins, both rebels and government forces gather, bringing with them years of rage, grief, hope, suspicion, and bitterness. In this first feature film, Fanta Régina Nacro boldly presents the sometimes unintentional but inhuman behavior inherent in all people.

About the Director Fanta Régina Nacro studied at INAFEC, the national film school of Burkina Faso, and earned master’s degrees in film and audiovisual studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. She was the first woman in Burkina Faso to direct a film, the short Un Certain Matin (1992). Among her 17 short films are Puk Nini (1995), Le Truk de Konaté (1998), and Bintou (2001). The Night of Truth is her first feature film, and it won the Best Screenplay at the San Sebastian International Film Festival 2004.

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Featured in the Global Lens 2006 film series.

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THE SACRED FAMILY (La Sagrada Familia)
Director: Sebastián Campos
Chile   |   2005   |   99 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Sometimes we're so asleep we don't know what we're up to, Marco's mother says, explaining why she must rush to Santiago to see a friend who was hurt in a car accident. Family is family, she says, but for a friend you have a commitment, even on Good Friday, when her son's friends will be houseguests for Easter. Using improvised dialogue and hand-held camera work, the film captures the disintegration of the family's polite appearances at the hands of Marco's sensual and outspoken girlfriend. Adding to this potent mixture are Marco's friends – two university students facing exams, and a mysterious young woman with a vow of silence, guests for a weekend on the beach that will change all their lives.

About the Director Sebastián Campos graduated from Chile's Escuela de Cine and has made several digital films, including Ciudad de Maravillas (2001), one of the stories featured in Fragmentos Urbanos. His short films include Carga Vital (2003), and he has made documentaries and programs for television. The Sacred Family is his first feature film.

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Featured in the Global Lens 2007 film series.


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LIFE KILLS ME (La Vida Me Mata)
Director: Sebastián Silva
Chile   |   2007   |   92 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Life and death come wrapped in a mutual embrace, both absurd and poignant, in this smart comedy about an unlikely friendship between a grieving cinematographer and a morbidly obsessed drifter. At work on a seriously schlocky, low-budget horror film, Gaspar is still reeling from the untimely death of his beloved older brother when he meets Alvaro at yet another premature funeral. A mildly sociopathic young man with an unyielding curiosity for the dark side, Alvaro soon coaxes Gaspar out of his shell in unexpected ways, in a debut film that pulses with a sure cinematic style as it channels a compassionate vision of frail, formidable, unforgettable lives.


About the Director Sebastián Silva was born in Santiago, Chile in 1979. He studied filmmaking at the Escuela de Cine de Chile in Santiago and English at McGill University in Montreal, while pursuing his career as an artist and musician. His second feature,The Maid, won the World Cinema Jury Prize (Dramatic) at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. His fourth feature,Crystal Fairy, premiered as an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Life Kills Me is his first feature film.


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DOOMAN RIVER
Director: Zhang Lu
China   |   2009   |   89 minutes
Korean and Mandarin, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Writer-director Zhang Lu’s fascinating window into a rarely seen corner of rural China revolves around 12-year-old Chang-ho, living with his grandfather and mute sister along the frozen river-border with North Korea. Although fraught with unemployment and other tensions, his community seems sympathetic toward the Korean refugees fleeing famine and misery; Chang-ho even bonds over soccer with one young border-crosser who comes scavenging food for a sibling. But he soon turns on his new friend as suspicions mount against the illegal immigrants and his sister reels from unexpected aggression, provoking a quandary over his loyalties in an exquisitely detailed story of compassion and strife across an uneasy geopolitical border.


About the Director Zhang Lu was born in Jilin-Sheng, China in 1962. He studied Chinese literature at Yenben University and began writing poetry and novels in 1986. He made his feature debut with Tang Poetry in 2004, and his second feature film, Grain in Ear, was invited to the 2005 Critics’ Week in Cannes, where it won the ACID/CCAS Support Award. Dooman River is his fifth feature film.


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DVD Release Date: October 2012


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DAM STREET (Hong Yan)
Director: Li Yu
China   |   2005   |   93 minutes
Mandarin, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In the early 1980s, Xiao Yun, a sixteen year-old girl living in small riverside town in China, discovers she is pregnant. The local community is stunned, her family loses face and she and her boyfriend are expelled from school. In the aftermath, her boyfriend leaves her, and she gives birth and is then forced to put her child up for adoption. Ten years later, her relationship with her family strained and ostracized by residents of the town, Xiao Yunn is reduced to working as a singer in a local song and dance troupe. And her only real companion is Xiao Yong, a fiercely affectionate boy who protects her from the critical eyes of the community until a marriage proposal discovers the limits of their friendship, and the depth of her unresolved past.

About the Director Li Yu was born in 1973 in Shangdong Province in Northern China. She earned a degree in Chinese literature and became one of the top TV hosts in China. After moving to Beijing she began working on documentaries, joining CCTV's (China Central Television) feature program “Life Space.” Her documentaries include Sisters (1999). Her first feature film, Fish and Elephant (2001) was internationally–acclaimed. Dam Street is her second feature film.

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