Kent State to show international film series in the Kiva

Katie Kennedy

Presents 10 films from developing countries

Kent State plans to show a series of international films as part of the 2009 Global Lens Film Series this month. The series will present films from regions not typically seen in the mainstream media and offer unique perspectives.

“This year’s lineup of films, from Central Asia to Latin America, is artistically strong and well balanced -it’s one of our best yet,” said Susan Weeks Coulter, board chairwoman of the Global Film Initiative. Global Lens is an annual, touring film series by the Global Film Initiative that supports the distribution of critically acclaimed works from around the world.

The series showcases 10 films of developing countries: Argentina, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Morocco and Mozambique. All of the full-length feature films will be in the country’s native language with English subtitles.

“It’s an opportunity to look at the big issues in day-to-day life in the developing world,” said Daniel Boomhower, performing arts librarian in the University Libraries and Media Services. “In a way, you can relate that to the American experience.”

The films will be shown in the Kiva beginning Oct. 16 through Oct. 25. Screenings are free and open to the public. All films, with the exception of a matinee on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., will begin at 7:30 p.m. A complete schedule can be found on the University Library’s Web site. Each film will be introduced by a faculty member with expertise from that particular country. After each film, viewers are encouraged to participate in a discussion forum.

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