1. Directed by Oday Rasheed, Iraq, 2010

    A broken family under an incestuous patriarch lives uneasily within the gated courtyard of a dilapidated Baghdad house. The pregnant daughter has fallen silent, finding some protection from the patriarch’s young second wife and his preteen son. Meanwhile, hard up for money, the household must live with a sullen and imperious boarder, a contract killer. In such a house, though, it may be that freedom and safety actually lie beyond the gates. Iraqi filmmaker Oday Rasheed’s second feature gorgeously captures contemporary Baghdad’s moody interior and stunned atmosphere, echoed in performances by a formidable cast who suggest unexpected resilience in the wake of catastrophe.

    Part of the Global Lens 2012 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit http://www.globalfilm.org.

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  2. Directed by Tolga Karaçelik, Turkey, 2010

    A taciturn tollbooth attendant shuffles between a suffocating home life with his ailing father and the monotony of the box where he works. Desperate to resist his father’s attempt to marry him off while determined to prove his worth by fixing his family’s broken-down car, he drives himself toward a nervous breakdown. After a reassignment to a desolate country road, he begins a flirtatious relationship with a woman who drives by each day. But is this salvation for the aging bachelor, or the further unraveling of his mind? An expert cast and keen art direction contribute to this wry, heartbreaking ode to lost dreams in a sleepwalking world.

    Part of the Global Lens 2012 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit http://www.globalfilm.org .

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  3. Directed by Sergio Teubal, Argentina, 2011

    After seven years of dictatorship, a remote village in Argentina formally becomes a town with the birth of its 501st inhabitant. Hidalgo, a slick and ingratiating scion, is eager for the new post of mayor. Smelling a rat, Baldomero (a beloved natural leader with a habitually tapping digit) opposes him with his own candidacy—and soon turns up dead. His shopkeeper brother vows revenge, keeping Baldomero’s severed finger in a jar, initially as a remembrance, but eventually as an absurd icon of leadership that spurs the town to defy crooked elections, interloping powers and Hidalgo to go its own way. Based on real events, this charming dramatic comedy pokes fun at small town ways while celebrating true democratic values.

    Part of the Global Lens 2012 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit http://www.globalfilm.org .

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  4. Directed by Paula Markovitch, Argentina, 2011

    Under the cloud of a military dictatorship, a young mother and her daughter flee Buenos Aires for the seclusion of a ramshackle cottage along the windy dunes of an Argentine beach. As her mother listens for news from the radio with sad stoicism, restlessly curious seven-year-old Cecilia joins a nearby school overseen by a kindly teacher. A childhood idyll, however, soon becomes contaminated by the general political crisis, as the teacher recruits the class for a patriotic essay contest sponsored by the army—the very people that may have already disappeared Cecilia’s father—in this superbly acted and engrossingly atmospheric drama about innocence in illicit times.

    Part of the Global Lens 2012 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit http://www.globalfilm.org .

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  5. Directed by Gustavo Pizzi, Brazil, 2010

    Bianca manages a precarious living as a talented but underemployed actress in Rio de Janeiro, performing for private events dressed as female movie icons. Troubled by the thought she has missed her chance at a “big break,” she perseveres with single-minded dedication to her craft—until an audition leads to a rare opportunity, and possible redemption for years of social marginality. But her world may still prove too insecure, even for one as gifted and deserving as Bianca. Set against rich visuals and a down-to-earth tone, Karine Teles’s remarkable lead performance drives an enveloping drama of everyday tragedy in the working world of an artist.

    Part of the Global Lens 2012 film series, presented by the Global Film Initiative. For more information, visit http://www.globalfilm.org .

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Global Lens 2012 premieres at the Museum of Modern Art in January and is then presented in over thirty-five cities across the United States and Canada throughout the year. The series includes ten award-winning narrative feature films from Albania, Argentina,…


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Global Lens 2012 premieres at the Museum of Modern Art in January and is then presented in over thirty-five cities across the United States and Canada throughout the year. The series includes ten award-winning narrative feature films from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Rwanda and Turkey. Please visit globalfilm.org for more information.

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