MoMA presents GLOBAL LENS 2009

MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters

Global Lens 2009
January 14 > January 30, 2009

The Museum of Modern Art, in collaboration with the Global Film Initiative (GFI), presents Global Lens 2009, the sixth annual touring film exhibition conceived to encourage filmmaking in countries with developing film communities.



Shanty as Sita in The Photograph, 2007.
Directed by Nan Triveni Achnas
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The selection of 10 programs, each from a different country, includes films developed with seed money from GFI, and represents a concise survey of contemporary filmmaking from areas where local economic realities make such expensive and technology-driven endeavors a challenge. Accomplished, entertaining, and thought-provoking, the films are also deeply rooted in the social and political realities of the countries where their talented and resourceful makers live and set their stories. Several of the films will also be screened at participating educational institutions and schools in the New York area as part of an educational project between GFI and MoMA’s Department of Education.

Global Lens 2009 screens in the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters at MoMA from January 14 through 30, 2009, and is organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.

With three North American premieres, Global Lens 2009 continues the annual program’s goal to support the distribution of unique and critically acclaimed cinematic works from around the world. The premieres include Teresa Prata’s Terra Sonâmbula (Sleepwalking Land) (2007) from Mozambique, about an orphaned refugee of Mozambique’s civil war who searches for a woman he hopes might be his own mother. This film will have a weeklong run at MoMA. Also being presented in a weeklong run at MoMA is Nan Triveni Achnas’s The Photograph (2007), which is part of the burgeoning art-film movement in Indonesia and tells the story of Sita, a beautiful, spirited chanteuse and prostitute in a local brothel, who forms a friendship with a photographer. The third of the North American premieres is Marat Sarulu’s Pesn’ Juzhnykh Morej (Song from the Southern Seas) (2008), from Kazakhstan, in which two couples who are neighbors, one Russian and one Kazakhstani, fall into a 15-year dispute that questions their different cultures and histories. It features sweeping vistas as it examines the clashing of old and new worlds.



Nick Lauro Teresa as Muidinga and Aladino Jasse as Tuahir in Terra Sonâmbula (Sleepwalking Land), 2007.
Directed by Teresa Prata.
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Aleksey Shemes as Pavel and Vladimir Yavorsky as Ivan in Pesn’ Juzhnykh Morej (Song from the Southern Seas), 2008
Directed by Marat Sarulu
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Global Lens 2009 includes a wide range of international films with vastly different directorial styles, geographic settings, and cultural narratives. Among them are Faouzi Bensaïdi’s What a Wonderful World (2006), a stylized, avant-garde Moroccan film with music-video aesthetics and experimental narrative techniques, about a traffic cop whose love affair with a contract killer is interrupted by an Internet hacker. In a Chinese film by Zhang Yang, Luo Ye Gui Gen (Getting Home) (2007), an aging construction worker shows his loyalty by toting his drinking buddy’s corpse hundreds of miles for a proper burial. Along the way, he meets a host of characters who embody aspects of China’s recent and rapid modernization. In Naghi Nemati’s debut feature, An Seh (Those Three) (2007), from Iran, three soldiers desert from the army and head off through the snow-covered wilderness of Northern Iran in search of freedom, resulting in a visual and emotional meditation on responsibility and sacrifice.



El Mehdi Elaâroubi as Hicham in What a Wonderful World, 2006.
Directed by Faouzi Bensaïdi
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Yousef Yazdani, Dariush Ghazbani and Esmail Movahedi in An Seh (Those Three), 2007.
Directed by Naghi Nemati
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Labina Mitevska as Afrodita in Jas Sum Od Titov Veles (I Am from Titov Veles), 2007.
Directed by Teona Strugar Mitevska
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After its run at MoMA, which is the inaugural venue for Global Lens 2009, it will tour a variety of art- and community-based theaters throughout the United States and Canada during the course of the year. The schedule will be posted at

About the Global Film Initiative (GFI):

The Global Film Initiative is a San Francisco-based organization specializing in the acquisition, distribution, and support of independent film from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Founded in 2002 to promote cross-cultural understanding through the universal language of cinema, GFI awards numerous grants to filmmakers from around the world each year.

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