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Film Series at Central Library Casts Light on Other Cultures

When life pushed this group of women to the edge, they consider suicide. Will they jump or choose to live? Find out at the Global Lens 2013 film series, which will launch at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue, meeting room C) on June 30, 2 pm with Iraqi film "About 111 Girls".Customers to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue, meeting room C) will see the world a lot clearer through a global lens starting Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 2 pm. It’s the launch of Global Lens 2013, the only traveling feature-length narrative film series of its kind in the world, and Memphis families can experience it for free. The series begins with the showing of Iraqi film About 111 Girls, the telling story of a government official and the nearly insurmountable odds he faces in a combative society while carrying a message from Iran’s president.

Presented in collaboration with Indie Memphis, Global Lens 2013 offers families a chance to see other cultures through foreign films, written, directed and produced by native casts. “The purpose is to promote cross-cultural understanding through the medium of cinema,” said humanities librarian and event coordinator Nobuko Igarashi. “You may not have the chance to travel to Kazakhstan, Serbia, or Iran; so, it is amazing that we have it coming here! We want to bring the world to our community, and we want the community to come to the Library.”

In addition to viewing films, community members will receive discussion guides and information about each movie. “There is a discussion guide with questions to be used to facilitate conversation after the screening,” said Erik Jambor of Indie Memphis. “We encourage people to read through film descriptions and choose to attend at least one film from a country that they know nothing about,” he added.

The schedule of films is below. (All screenings will be located at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.) 

  • About 111 Girls (Iraq) – Sunday, June 30, 2013, 2 pm
  • Beijing Flickers (China) – Sunday, July 14, 2013, 2 pm
  • Cairo 678 (Egypt) – Sunday, July 28, 2013, 2 pm
  • The Fantastic World of Juan Orol (Mexico) – Thursday, August 1, 2013, 6 pm
  • Modest Reception (Iran) – Monday, August 5, 2013, 6 pm
  • The Parade (Serbia) – Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 6 pm
  • *Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights (India) – Special Student Screening – Sunday, August 25, 2013, 2 pm
  • Student (Kazakhstan) – Monday, August 26, 2013, 6 pm
  • Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights (India) – Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, 2 pm
  • Southwest (Brazil) – Sunday, September 15, 2013, 2 pm
  • Life Kills Me (Chile) – Sunday, November 24, 2013, 2 pm

With films screening nationwide, Global Lens 2013 will offer families throughout the U.S. a chance to learn about other cultures concurrently. “Often, we focus on our differences,” Igarashi commented, “but we’re all human. We have a lot in common, and the human emotion behind the films is something we can all understand. Instead of asking how we’re different, we’ll see how we’re the same.”

All films are co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and are a part of the Global Lens 2013 film series. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org.