Global Lens 2012 Film Series at PPl -- Sept. 20 - Nov. 29

Providence Public Library and Rhode Island College Collaborate to Host Film & Discussion Series on Thursdays this Fall

Providence Public Library (PPL) and Rhode Island College are collaborating to offer Global Lens 2012 -- a free film and discussion series this fall.  This series is a curated program of narrative feature films from Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.  Each film in the series is selected for its authentic voice, strong cinematics and unique cultural perspective, opening a window to the diverse world in which we live. 

A series of 10 films will be shown weekly at 6:00 pm on Thursday evenings from September 20 through November 29 in the auditorium of Providence Public Library, (150 Empire Street, Providence). The public is invited to attend the free screenings and to participate in the short discussions after each film led by members of the Rhode Island College Dialogue on Diversity Committee.

The series has been developed by the Global Film Initiative, which was created to promote cross-cultural understanding through the medium of cinema. Although American film continues to thrive in the global marketplace, developing world filmmaking has suffered from shifting economic conditions in film financing and distribution. As a result, audiences in the United States have been denied the rich cultural lessons these films have to offer.

“We’re happy for this opportunity to collaborate with Rhode Island College on this unique and free educational series and pleased to be able to make our ample theatre space available to our diverse public,” said Dale Thompson, PPL Director.

The Education Program of the Global Film Initiative presents full-length feature films from around the world, in specially-designed programs that encourage viewers to gain a deeper understanding of different cultural points of view. From the opening scenes of these films, viewers are transported everywhere from the colorful streets of Rio to the mesmerizing natural beauty of Turkey’s sunflower fields. Within their cultural contexts, this year’s films investigate universal and unique themes:

  • Craft (Brazil)    A struggling actress and celebrity impersonator lands an audition and what may be her “big break” after an inspired director recasts his film around her socially marginalized life as an underrated artist in Rio.
  • The Finger (Argentina)  In the face of electoral fraud and intimidation, the severed finger of a respected local leader points the way forward for independent-minded citizens and their town’s quest for democracy after dictatorship.
  • Mourning (Iran) In the wake of his parents’ disappearance, a young boy is placed in the care of his deaf aunt and uncle who, during a road trip to Tehran, engage in a silent but apparently not-so-secret debate about the child’s future.
  • The Prize (Argentina)  A political activist’s life-in-hiding on an isolated stretch of Argentina’s coastline is jeopardized after her seven-year-old daughter is selected to participate in a local school’s patriotic essay contest.
  • The Tollbooth (Turkey)   An aging toll booth attendant, straining under the weight of a domineering father and suffocating work routine, finally begins to crack when faced with the emotional pressure of an unexpected romance. 

For details and more information on the individual films, visit PPL’s event calendar at  For more information about the Global Film Initiative: 

Or contact Louise Moulton, Program Coordinator at Providence Public Library at 455-8134 or