The Global FilmInitiative's second annual Global Lens touring film series will kick off inSeattle today (Jan 7) and wind its way through 14 US cities during theremainder of the year.

This year's series comprises 10 features and one shortfilm from developing countries and will play in cultural institutions rangingfrom the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Wexner Centre for the Arts inColumbus, Ohio.

Five of thetitles received production or post-production grants from The Initiative, whichaims to promote cross-cultural understanding through cinema.

The touringpictures are: Buffalo Boy (Vietnam, Minh Nguyen-Vo), Daughter Of Keltoum (Algeria, Mehdi Charef); Fuse (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pjer Zalica); HollowCity (Angola; Maria JoaoGanga); Kabala (Mali;Assane Kouyate); Lili's Apron (Argentina; Mariano Galperin); Today And Tomorrow (Argentina; Alejandro Chomski); Uniform (China; Diao Yinan); What's A HumanAnyway'" (Turkey, RehaErdem); and Whisky(Uruguay; Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll). The short film is As Follows (Uruguay, Federico Veiroj).

All titles have screened atmajor festivals such as Toronto, Cannes and Rotterdam.