1. Directed by Sidharth Srinivasan, India, 2010

    A watchman and his wife living at an abandoned mine find themselves trapped in the brutal schemes of their tyrannical landlord in this suspenseful, visually striking drama set on the urban outskirts of Delhi. When the landlord offers his daughter to a wealthy potential buyer of the mine, she and her lower-caste lover run away. The watchman reluctantly helps them, but a sinister masked killer dispatched to hunt down the runaways endangers them all. A searing take on the politics of caste and money in a rapidly developing economy, Sidharth Srinivasan’s eccentric thriller delves into the dark interstices between Indian modernity and tradition.

    Part of the Global Lens 2011 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit globalfilm.org .

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  2. Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran, 2009

    In this dreamlike yet earthbound film, Rahmat the boatman navigates the increasingly brackish waters of a coastal land, collecting the heartaches and tears of its inhabitants. But he remains powerless against their misguided attempts to appease the gods and make the land green again, whether by offering a bride to the sea or forcibly “treating” the eyes of a painter who sees in different colors. Drawing firsthand on the challenges faced by Iranian artists of today, writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof’s deeply atmospheric and poetical film is a gorgeous allegory of intolerance, brutality and mystified routine that resonates far beyond any one state’s borders.

    Part of the Global Lens 2011 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit globalfilm.org .

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  3. Directed by Aktan Arym Kubat, Kyrgyzstan, 2010

    In this colorful modern-day parable of good and evil, a humble village electrician devotes his compassion and ingenuity to destitute neighbors in a wind-swept valley of Kyrgyzstan. Played with wry humanity by writer-director Aktan Arym Kubat, the trusting Mr. Light strikes a suspect bargain with a rich developer running for local office, as unemployment threatens the survival of the community. Stoking a dream to supply wind-generated electricity to the whole valley, the modest visionary comes up against an increasingly dark cloud of corruption in this affecting tale of solidarity and ordinary decency amid the injustices and hardships of a changing world.

    Part of the Global Lens 2011 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit globalfilm.org .

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  4. Directed by Diego Lerman, Argentina, 2010

    Set against the backdrop of Argentina’s military regime of the 1980s, Diego Lerman’s engrossing and beautifully acted exploration of the totalitarian urge opens with a portrait of María Teresa, a lonely and deeply repressed assistant teacher at an elite Buenos Aires private school. Obedient and willing, she accepts unquestioningly the school’s rigid code of conduct and proud identification with the nation state. But her head professor’s words about the “cancer of subversion” and need for total surveillance soon feed an unhealthy obsession with one of her students, leading to an ensuing spiral of degradation and breakdown in discipline that parallels a popular rebellion beyond the school’s ivy-covered walls.

    Part of the Global Lens 2011 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit globalfilm.org .

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  5. Directed by Sérgio Bianchi, Brazil, 2009

    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.

    Part of the Global Lens 2011 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit globalfilm.org .

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Global Lens 2011 premieres at the Museum of Modern Art in January and is then presented in over twenty-five cities across the United States and Canada throughout the year. The series includes nine award-winning narrative feature films from Argentina,…


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Global Lens 2011 premieres at the Museum of Modern Art in January and is then presented in over twenty-five cities across the United States and Canada throughout the year. The series includes nine award-winning narrative feature films from Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, China, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, India, Iran and Uruguay. For more information, please visit globalfilm.org.

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