Global Lens 2013 Fall Film Series at PPL -- Sept. 12 - Nov. 7

 Providence Public Library (PPL) and Rhode Island College are once again collaborating to offer Global Lens 2013 -- a free film and discussion series this fall. This series is a curated program of international feature films selected for their authentic voice, strong cinematics and unique cultural perspective opening a window to the diverse world in which we live. 

A series of 5 films will be shown at PPL 6:00 pm on Thursday evenings September 12 and 26, October 10 and 24 and November 7 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 films will be shown on Mondays at RIC's James P. Adams Library Fortes Room on Mondays September 9, 23, October 7, 21 and November 4.

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. "Bold and unique storytelling by filmmakers unafraid to take risks with their culture and creativity -- it's a beautiful line-up," says Susan Weeks Coulter, Board Chair of Global Film Initiative. This fall's line-up includes:

September 9,  September 12:  Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights    Director: Suman Gosh    India, 2012

U.S. premiere. An 80-year-old Kolkata retiree is determined to get the streetlights turned off after sunrise, but finding someone to take him seriously proves a battle against an indifferent bureaucracy and complacent status quo.

September 23,  September 26:  The Fantastic World of Juan Orol    Director: Sebastian del Amo   Mexico, 2012

Debut feature. Move over Ed Wood! The story of Mexico's half-forgotten B-movie master, "involuntary surrealist" Juan Orol,         receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this deft, irresistible love letter to life, the movies and a self-made man of showbiz.

October 7, October 10:  Life Kills Me        Director: Sebastian Silva         Chile, 2007                                     

Life and death come wrapped in a mutual embrace, absurd and poignant at once, in celebrated director Sebastián Silva's debut film about the unlikely friendship between a grieving, young cinematographer and a morbidly obsessed drifter.

October 21, October 24:  Southwest        Director: Eduardo Nunes          Brazil, 2011

Debut feature. A young woman gives birth on her deathbed to a child who, spirited away to a remote lakeside village, lives her lifetime in a single day, in this hauntingly dreamlike tale of incommensurable life.

November 4, November 7:  Student              Director: D. Omirbayev     Kazakhstan, 2012

A solitary philosophy student commits a calculated violent crime against the backdrop of Kazakhstan’s growing inequality, institutional corruption, and a ruthless ethic of eat-or-be-eaten in this broodingly contemporary adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

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