Texas Tech University Hosts Global Lens 2011 Regional Premiere

Award-winning world cinema series plans three-month showcase.

Texas Tech University’s College of Mass Communications will screen the Global Film Initiative’s Global Lens 2011 film series from March through May. The series comprises 10 critically acclaimed narrative feature films from Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Argentina, Kyrgyzstan, India, Georgia, Brazil, Uruguay and Iran.

All screenings begin at 6 p.m. in Room 101 of the Mass Communications building at the northwest corner of Memorial Circle. Admission is free, and after each screening a panel of interdisciplinary scholars from the Texas Tech faculty will give brief remarks on the film and open discussion with the audience.

Susan Weeks Coulter, board chair of the Global Film Initiative, said the films broadcasted will be a unique experience.

“This year’s lineup really does break new ground for the series,” said Coulter. “The films are unusual and intriguing, wildly creative, experimental at times and quite different from previous editions of Global Lens. We’re thrilled to be screening them at Texas Tech.”

Global Lens is an annual touring film series launched in 2003 to support the distribution of cinematic words from around the world. This marks the third year the series will play at the College of Mass Communications. This year, the series is made possible by contributions from the Texas Tech Institute for Hispanic and International Communication, the Texas Tech Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.

The film titles and dates are as followed:

  • March 22, “Soul of Sand” (India)
  • March 28, “A Useful Life” (Uruguay)
  • March 30, “The Invisible Eye” (Argentina)
  • April 5, “Belvedere” (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
  • April 11, “Street Days” (Georgia)
  • April 13, “The Tenants” (Brazil)
  • April 19, “Dooman River” (China)
  • April 20, “The Light Thief” (Kyrgyzstan)
  • April 27, “The White Meadows” (Iran)
  • May 2, “Opera Jawa” (Indonesia)

For more information call Robert Peaslee at (806) 742-6500 ext. 283, or e-mail robert.peaslee@ttu.edu.

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CONTACT: Robert Peaslee, assistant professor, College of Mass Communications, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-6500 ext. 283 or robert.peaslee@ttu.edu.