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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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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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LUXURY CAR (Jiang Cheng Xia Ri)
Director: Wang Chao
China   |   2006   |   88 minutes
Mandarin (Wuhanese), with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In this emotionally taut narrative, Li Qi Ming travels from his small village to the city of Wuhan, determined to fulfill his wife's last wish of seeing her son. But instead of finding his son, he discovers his daughter working as a karaoke bar escort, forcing him to come to terms with their long-estranged relationship and the tenuous future of his family. Director Wang Chao uses Li Qi Ming to represent the painful reality of thousands of parents who have lost contact with their children through rural exodus and political upheaval in China.

About the Director Wang Chao was born in Nanjing, China in 1964. In 1994, he received his university diploma from the Beijing Film Academy. After graduating, he worked for 5 years as a factory worker, writing poems in his spare time. From 1995 to 1998, he was the assistant to Chen Kaige, the director of Farewell My Concubine (1993) and The Emperor and the Assassin (1998). He has also been a cinema critic, specializing in foreign films. His previous feature films include The Orphan of Anyang (2001) and Night and Day (2004). Luxury Car is his third feature film.

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GETTING HOME (Luo Ye Gui Gen)
Director: Zhang Yang
China   |   2007   |   101 minutes
Mandarin, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In this soulful and humane comedy, Zhao, a middle-aged construction worker, struggles to fulfill a dying co-worker's last wish to be buried in China's Three Gorges region. Setting out with his colleague's body in tow, Zhao travels hundreds of miles across extraordinary countryside, encountering a number of colorful adventures and characters– and even discovering love in some unlikely quarters. Director Zhang Yang's humorous and moving tale of friendship offers a powerful, and sometimes slapstick, commentary on the value of community and human connectivity in modern China.

About the Director Zhang Yang was born in Beijing, China in 1967. In 1992, he graduated from the Central Theatre Academy. He then directed a theatrical production of Kiss of the Spider Woman and went on to direct over twenty underground music videos. His first feature film, Spicy Love Soup, swept the domestic Chinese awards and his second feature, Shower, won the FIPRESCI prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Getting Home is his fifth feature film.Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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STOLEN LIFE
Director: Li Shaohong
China   |   2005   |   90 minutes
Madarin, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis A young girl is taken to live with her aunt and grandmother in Beijing. As an adolescent, Yanni is withdrawn and reclusive, believing that she has been abandoned by her parents, and that she has no control over either her life or her fate. The fact that her “family” doesn’t have much hope for her future only compounds her depression. Surprising everyone in her hostile household, Yanni is accepted to college. As she prepares to begin her new life, an encounter with a delivery boy triggers a series of unexpected events. Director Li Shaohong takes us, as viewers, on a walk through a discovery of not only life under the city, but also a realistic perspective on the human experience.


About the Director Li Shaohong was born in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China in 1955. As a teenager she served in the military, working in a hospital. She graduated from the Beijing Film Academy and is regarded as a member of the “fifth generation” of filmmakers in China. As one of the most innovative and best-known contemporary women in this generation, Li co-founded Beijing Rosat Film & TV Production Company. Her feature films include Bloody Morning (1990), Family Portrait (1992), Blush (1994), The Red Suit (2000), and Baober in Love (2004). Stolen Life won the Best Narrative Feature at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.


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UNIFORM (Zhifu)
Director: Diao Yinan
China   |   2003   |   92 minutes
Mandarin, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Filmed on a shoestring budget in the city of Xi'an, Shaanxi province, this deceptively simple first feature perfectly illustrates a Chinese saying "the clothes enter before the person". A young tailor finds his life improving in a variety of ways when he - innocently at first - starts wearing a policeman's uniform left unclaimed in his family's laundry shop. Diao Yinan cleverly layers metaphors without elaborating, but the sly humor and undemonstrative narrative style allow the viewer to decipher the many secrets and lives being lived in contemporary Chinese society. Shot in video, adding a grainy, gritty look, this accomplished work typifies the style of the next generation of emerging Chinese filmmakers.

About the Director Diao Yinan was born in Xi'an, Shanxi Province, China, in 1969. He attended the Central Academy of Drama, where he graduated in 1992 with a degree in literature and screenwriting. From there he went on to collaborate on three screenplays: Spicy Love Soup (1998), Shower (1999) and All The Way (2001). As an actor, he has starred in Yu Lik Wai's All Tomorrow's Parties (2003). Uniform is Diao Yinan's directorial debut.

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BEIJING FLICKERS (You-Zhong)
Director: Zhang Yuan
China   |   2012   |   96 minutes
Mandarin, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis San Bao is a young man left behind by Beijing’s fabulous new wealth, having just lost his job, his apartment and the woman he loves (who’s left him for a richer man). Even Happiness, his dog, has run away from him. Lovelorn, self-destructive and desperately aimless, San Bao nevertheless has moments of euphoria amid his own despair, as he roams the sleek, shifting city with other soulful, cash-poor dreamers and misfits. Such heavenly losers form the vital spirit of Beijing in acclaimed director Zhang Yuan’s gorgeously gritty, angst-ridden portrait of youthful disaffection and perseverance in the teeth of heartbreak, ruthless inequality and unfeeling ambition.


About the Director Zhang Yuan was born in Nanjing, China in 1963. He studied cinematography at the Beijing Film Academy and began directing feature films in 1980. In 1994, TIME Magazine selected him as one of the 100 Young Leaders of the Next Century. A leading filmmaker of China's Sixth Generation, his second feature, Beijing Bastards, received a Special Mention by the Official Jury at the Locarno Film Festival in 1993, and his fourth feature, Sons, won the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival
Rotterdam in 1996. Beijing Flickers is his eleventh feature film.


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FAT, BALD, SHORT MAN (Gordo, Calvo Y Bajito)
Director: Carlos Osuna
Colombia   |   2011   |   91 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Lonesome, middle-aged virgin Antonio Farfán is picked on and ridiculed as a matter of course, whether by coworkers or his bullying mooch of a brother (who only calls when he needs money). An employee of a notary’s office, his status improves a bit when his new boss—and strangely affable doppelganger—takes an interest in him. But Farfán’s deep-seated shyness and insecurity are only partly assuaged. And when he joins a self-improvement group, he slowly confirms what the undulating lines of this sly, involving rotoscope story suggest: everything is in motion, and change is inevitable. The question becomes what use one makes of it. 


About the Director Carlos Osuna was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1980. He received a Masters in Visual Arts from Javeriana University and shortly after graduation was selected to participate in the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2004 for his short film, Analogue Loop. He was awarded a grant in 2009 from the Francisco Javier Fund for Social Projects for his documentary Giving Life to Life and in 2002, his short video, Watch TV, won the Pre-Columbian Gold Circle award from the Bogotá Film Festival. Fat, Bald, Short Man is his first feature film.


 


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A WONDERFUL NIGHT IN SPLIT (Ta Divna Splitska Noc)
Director: Arsen Anton Ostojic
Croatia   |   2004   |   100 minutes
Croatian, with subtitles in English
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Croatia’s official submission to the 2005 Academy Awards

Synopsis The setting is a ghetto in the medieval city of Split, where several stories unfold between ten o'clock and midnight on New Year's Eve. While crowds gather in the old square to listen to a rock concert, three American sailors wander the streets and alleys looking for a prostitute and a drug pusher double-crosses his dealer. A widow and her grieving child, and an addict desperate for a fix, are pulled into a scheme to ship heroin to Munich, and a young couple plots a rendezvous before midnight. Lives are unraveled on this "wonderful night," amid fireworks and the countdown to midnight.

About the Director Arsen Anton Ostojic studied film directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Croatia, and earned an MFA in filmmaking at New York University. He worked on about twenty feature films in Europe and in the United States as an assistant director, production manager or line producer, and produced numerous shorts and documentaries. He is currently teaching production at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, following several teaching assignments in New York City and in Salzburg, Austria. A Wonderful Night in Split is his first feature film.

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FINE DEAD GIRLS (Fine Mertve Djevojke)
Director: Dalibor Matanic
Croatia   |   2002   |   77 minutes
Croatian, with subtitles in English
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Croatia’s official submission to the 2002 Academy Awards

Synopsis A report of a kidnapped child triggers an investigation that uncovers nightmarish conditions in a seedy apartment building in Zagreb: none of the residents are as they seem and when they learn the truth about each other, the pervasive climate of mistrust in the building explodes into violence. The hostility and misery of the characters' lives project vivid echoes of Croatia's recent past, as the country slowly emerges from years of ethnic violence during the Balkans war.About the Director Dalibor Matanic was born in Zagreb in 1975 and studied filmmaking at the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has made videos, commercials and documentaries before completing his first film, The Cashier Wants to Go to the Seaside (2000). Fine Dead Girls is his second feature film.

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ALL FOR FREE (Sve Džaba)
Director: Antonio Nuic
Croatia   |   2006   |   94 minutes
Bosnian-Croatian, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis After his friends are killed in a bizarre, bar room argument, Goran devises an unusual plan to deal with the loss: he will sell his house, buy a mobile tavern and travel from town to town, giving away free drinks to everyone he meets. But for everyone except Goran, the idea is strangely suspicious, and a bit absurd, in director Antonio Nuic's darkly humorous tale of loss and reconciliation, told as a metaphor for Bosnia's gradual rediscovery of its shared humanity, lost during the war.

About the Director Antonio Nui? was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1977. He graduated in Film and TV Directing from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, Croatia and is a member of the Croatian Film Directors Society. He has previously directed numerous short films, TV shows, and music and promotional videos. All For Free is his first feature film.

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