High school students from Baltimore School for the Arts reflect on their experience screening Global Lens film A USEFUL LIFE (dir. Federico Veiroj, Uruguay, 2010), as part of GFI's Cinema in the Schools program. Credit: Beatriz Bufrahi, Baltimore School for the Arts
While we try to travel to different places, sometimes we’re lucky enough to have people travel to us. Take, for example, Pavel, who moved to the U.S. from Russia 6 years ago and is currently interning at GFI. We asked Pavel for his perspective on cross-cultural understanding, and he came back to us with this video, which was nothing that we expected and yet everything we’ve been trying to say about the value of multicultural exchange. Naturally, Pavel chose film to convey his message.
Dir. Rajesh Shera, India, 2008
In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and amid the stunning natural beauty of India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands, an elderly British teacher struggles to run a small primary school despite the loss of many of the islands’ children to the recent tragedy. Ignoring the overwhelming grief that washes over the islands, he continues to teach his few remaining students until a government official delivers a relocation order to all residents, causing him to embark on a heartbreaking search for his missing students, convinced they must still be alive. Blending exquisite vistas with the ubiquitous sound of the ocean to convey the precarious balance between human life and the inexorable forces of nature, Rajesh Shera’s debut feature quietly unfolds as a delicate meditation on grief and loss.
Global Film Initiative Director of Programs Santhosh Daniel introduces Global Lens 2011 to Puerto Rican audiences. He explains Global Film Initiative's mission and history, and congratulates the newly established Puerto Rico Film Society. For more information about the Global Film Initiative and its yearly film series, Global Lens, please visit globalfilm.org.