Texas Tech Hosts Global Lens 2012 Regional Premiere

Award-winning world cinema series to screen at College of Mass Communications

The Global Film Initiative announced today that the Global Lens 2012 film series is set to screen at the College of Mass Communications at Texas Tech University during the months of March, April and May 2012.

The ten award-winning narrative films headlining the series are from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Rwanda and Turkey. The College of Mass Communications is located on the Texas Tech campus at the northwest corner of Memorial Circle, on the corner of Boston and Broadway. Admission is free.

“The lineup this year is really going to surprise audiences,” said Susan Weeks Coulter, board chair of the Global Film Initiative. “The cinematic are strong, the tone is fresh and the stories are thought-provoking and unlike anything we’ve seen before.”

All screenings will begin at 6 p.m. and take place in room 101 at the College of Mass Communications. A panel of interdisciplinary scholars from the Texas Tech faculty will follow each screening and will encourage discussion and remarks from the audience.

The schedule of events is as follows:

• March 5- “Amnesty” (Albania, dir. Bujar Alimani)

• March 8- “Craft” (Brazil, dir. Gustavo Pizzi)

• March 19- “Fat, Bald, Short Man” (Colombia, dir. Carlos Osuna)

• March 27- “The Finger” (Argentina, dir. Sergio Teubal)

• April 3- “Grey Matter” (Rwanda, dir. Kivu Ruhorahoza)

• April 12- “Mourning” (Iran, dir. Morteza Farshbaf)

• April 17- “Pegasus” (Morocco, dir. Mohamed Mouftakir)

• April 23- “The Prize” (Argentina/Mexico, dir. Paula Markovitch)

• April 26- “Qarantina” (Iraq, dir. Oday Rasheed)

• May 1- “Toll Booth” (Turkey, dir. Tolga Karacelik)

Global Lens 2012 is led by festival heavyweights that include Iranian newcomer Morteza Farshbaf’s, “Mourning” (FIPRESCI Prize and New Currents Award, 2011 Pusan IFF), Paula Markovitch’s, “The Prize” (Silver Bear, 2011 Berlin IFF and Best Film, 2011 Morelia IFF), and Mohamed Mouftakir’s “Pegasus” (Golden Stallion, 2011 FESPACO and Best Cinematographer, 2010 Dubai IFF.)

Global Lens in an annual, touring film series launched in 2003 by the Global Film Initiative to support the distribution of critically acclaimed cinematic works from around the world. Since its founding, the series has provided a platform for exceptional storytelling and opened a window into the diverse world in which we live.

This year marks the fourth year the series will play at the College of Mass Communications. The series is made possible by generous contributions from the Institute for Hispanic and International Communication, the Texas Tech Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center and Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts and Flatland Film.

The Global Film Initiative is a U.S.-based international arts organization specializing in the support of independent film from Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Founded in 2002 to promote cross-cultural understanding through the language of cinema, the Initiative awards numerous grants to deserving filmmakers from around the world each year, and supports a touring film series entitled Global Lens.

For more information about the Global Lens film series and Global Film Initiative programs, please visit: http://www.globalfilm.org.

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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.