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Join the Global Public Library Program!

The Global Film Initiative is looking for great public libraries in great towns and cities to bring the
award-winning Global Lens film series to their communities!

What is Global Public? The Global Public library program was created to revolutionize arts and education in public libraries through exhibition of the award-winning narrative world cinema series, Global Lens. Libraries work with the Initiative and other partners on vibrant presentations of the series in their communities and after exhibition, libraries are invited to keep films for their permanent lending collection.   

What is Global Lens?  The Global Lens film series was established to showcase unique and compelling stories of the world through film.  From Rwanda to Mexico, India, Bosnia and beyond, the series features award-winning films by innovative filmmakers from around the globe, and is seen in locations such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution, to cinematheques, festivals, schools, universities and of course, public libraries.  

Why public libraries?  Public libraries have always played an important role in the building of our communities.  Years ago, the first public library, founded by Benjamin Franklin, was a meeting place where revolutionary ideas eventually turned into democratic ideals of a nation. Today, libraries represent our fundamental belief in public arts and education and above all, the free exchange of ideas upon which our country has flourished.   They are the perfect home for Global Lens. 

Who are your library partners?  The Brooklyn Public Library was the first library to participate in Global Public and we’ve since expanded to cities and towns all across the United States.  Our current partners include the San Francisco, Missoula, Chicago, Seattle, Hartford and DC public libraries—and many more.

How does my library join?  If your library is in the U.S. or U.S territories, please read our partner requirements and invitation guidelines, and how to submit a proposal. Click here!

 

Global Public is a philanthropic initiative sponsored by the Global Film Initiative, a U.S.-based 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to promote cultural literacy, diplomacy and education through film


FAQ

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