1. Directed by Marat Sarulu, Kazakhstan, 2008

    Two couples, one Russian and one Kazakh, live side by side in relative harmony in a beautiful yet semi–desolate region of the Great Steppe. But when the fair–skinned Russians give birth to a boy of decidedly darker skin, fifteen years of suspicion and acrimony arises between them, and can only be resolved by an ironic twist of family and fate. At times darkly somber, at other times tender and wistful–and buoyed throughout by a soundtrack of folk–inspired melodies–writer-director Marat Sarulu draws on Kazakhstan's epic history to create a gritty and deeply compassionate tale of humor and cultural insight.

    Part of the Global Lens 2009 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit globalfilm.org .

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  2. Directed by Victor Arregui, Ecuador, 2008

    A predawn murder sets in motion a series of interlocking tragedies that eventually find their way to the city morgue's brooding Dr. Arturo Fernandez. Physically and emotionally isolated from the world around him, Arturo develops an oddly intimate relationship with the personal lives of his cases, gradually forcing him to confront his connection to the living, and the dead. Adapted from the novel De Que Nada Se Sabe, director Víctor Arregui's serpentine tale is a dark but sympathetic portrait of one man's solitude set against a richly textured rendering of Quito, Ecuador's capital city.

    Part of the Global Lens 2009 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit globalfilm.org .

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  3. Directed by Nan Achnas, Indonesia, 2007

    Sita is a spirited young woman working to support her family as a singer and prostitute in a local brothel. Always short of funds and bullied by her pimp, she convinces an elderly portrait photographer, Mr. Johan, to rent her a room; in failing health, Mr. Johan is desperate to find an apprentice to carry on his work before he dies. The unlikely bond that develops between Sita and Mr. Johan is the basis of writer–director Nan Achnas's visually brilliant and poignant human drama about the profound effect one life can have on another.

    Part of the Global Lens 2009 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit globalfilm.org .

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  4. Directed by Sandra Kogut, Brazil, 2007

    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.

    Part of the Global Lens 2009 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit globalfilm.org .

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  5. Directed by Teona Strugar Mitevska, Macedonia, 2007

    Set in the quaint but scarred town of Veles, three sisters long to escape the suffocating environment of their dying community. Burdened by memories of their late father, each chooses a different path: Sapho struggles to secure a visa to Greece, Slavica desperately searches for a rich husband, and Afrodita harbors hopes for love and children. In this contemporary story of urban decay, director Teona Strugar Mitevska blends stark realism with memorable performances to create a vivid landscape of life and longing in post–communist Macedonia.

    Part of the Global Lens 2009 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit globalfilm.org .

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The Global Film Initiative

Global Lens 2009 includes ten award-winning narrative feature films from Argentina, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Mozambique and Morocco. Films from Global Lens 2009 are available for non-theatrical bookings and on DVD.


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Global Lens 2009 includes ten award-winning narrative feature films from Argentina, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Mozambique and Morocco. Films from Global Lens 2009 are available for non-theatrical bookings and on DVD. Visit globalfilm.org for more information.

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