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Global Lens Film Series Takes Library Customers Around the World Through Foreign Films

By: Marcey Evans

 Foreign film "Cairo 678" is the telling story of three Cairene women from different social backgrounds who have experienced the same sexual abuse. Will they recover from this harassment? Find out during the Global Lens 2013 film series! For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org.Travel the world. Immerse yourself into foreign cultures. Through Global Lens 2013, Library customers will see foreign countries and learn about distant cultures through cinema, written, directed and produced by native casts. “The purpose is to promote cross-cultural understanding,” said humanities librarian and event coordinator Nobuko Igarashi. “We want to bring the world to our community, and we want the community to come to the Library.”

Only one film remains in the Global Lens 2013 foreign film series! Make plans to attend Life Kills Me at 2pm, Sunday, November 24, 2013 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue, meeting room C). Directed in Chile by native Sebastian Silva, this comedy is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a cinematographer and a drifter. (Parental discretion is advised.)

Presented in collaboration with Indie Memphis, Global Lens 2013 will offer families throughout the U.S. a chance to learn about other cultures concurrently. “Often, we focus on our differences,” Igarashi commented, “but we’re all human. We have a lot in common, and the human emotion behind the films is something we can all understand. Instead of asking how we’re different, we’ll see how we’re the same.”

All films are co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and are a part of the Global Lens 2013 film series. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org.