Texas Tech Hosts Global Lens 2011 Film Festival

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

Against the backdrop of Argentina’s mid-80s military regime, an overzealous young teacher develops an unusual obsession with one of her students after she is asked to keep a watchful “eye” over the happenings at an elite Buenos Aires private school.

Argentina’s film “The Invisible Eye” begins Texas Tech University’s presentation of The Global Film Initiative’s Global Lens 2011 Film Festival at 7 p.m. July 15. The festival is a showcase of ten critically acclaimed narrative feature films to be screened at the College of Mass Communications through July 17.

The festival also includes films from Uruguay, Kyrgyzstan, Brazil, Georgia, India, China, Indonesia, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina. All screenings will take place in room 101 of the College of Mass Communications. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

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. A detailed schedule of the screenings is as follows:

Saturday, July 16

12 p.m. – “A Useful Life” (Uruguay, 63 min.)

1 p.m. – “The Light Thief” (Kyrgyzstan, 80 min.)

3:15 p.m. – “The Tenants” (Brazil, 103 min.)

5:15 p.m. – “Street Days” (Georgia, 86 min.)

8 p.m. – “Soul of Sand” (India, 98 min.)

Sunday, July 17

1 p.m. “Belvedere” (Bosnia-Herzegovina, 90 min.)

3 p.m. – “Dooman River” (China, 89 min.)

5 p.m. – “Opera Jawa” (Indonesia, 120 min.)

8 p.m. – “The White Meadows” (Iran, 93 min.)

Global Lens 2011 includes the Uruguayan submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, “A Useful Life” (Best Film, New Latin American Film Festival), along with critical favorites “Dooman River” (NETPAC Award, Pusan International Film Festival), “Soul of Sand” (Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival), “The Light Thief” (FIPRESCI Award, Eurasia International Film Festival) and Iranian auteur Mohammad Rasoulof’s visually arresting film “The White Meadows” (Special Jury Award, Dubai International Film Festival).

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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.