US-based charitablefoundation The Global Film Initiative and New York's Museum of Modern Art(MoMA) have joined forces on an educational programme to showcase cinema fromdeveloping countries.
Global Lens: New Cinema FromThe Developing World will run at MoMA Film at The Gramercy Theatre from Nov13-30 before expanding to a series of as yet unannounced national culturalinstitutions.
All 10 of the Initiative'sinaugural film slate - including Mango Yellow, a newly acquired drama from Brazilian directorClaudio Assis - will screen at MoMA Gramercy, followed by a series of lessonswith the aid of specially prepared learning materials.
Mango Yellow follows the loves and misadventures of a group ofpeople in the northeastern Brazilian town of Recife and gets a special one-weekrun, as does Rashid Masharawi's Palestinian drama Ticket To Jerusalem.
"Global Lens will giveAmericans exposure to voices from around the world and we are passionate andcommitted to working with MoMA to bring this programme to MoMA Gramercy and tothe high school classroom," Susan Weeks Coulter, chairwoman of the GlobalFilm Initiative, said in a statement.
"The one-week runs forTicket to Jerusalem and MangoYellow are a novel concept for MoMAand we expect that this will enable some truly exceptional films to reach wideraudiences," added Mary Lea Bandy, chief curator at MoMAisdepartment of film and media.
Several hundred high schoolchildren will watch up to four Initiative films and take part in lessons basedon study guides and lesson plans.
The Initiative's neweducation officer Patricia Romeu has put together the learning materials incollaboration with MoMA's education department and an outside educationdevelopment committee.
Working with an accomplishedteam of educators, Romeu will be responsible for coordinating education effortsin New York and extending the Initiative's education programmenationwide.
The education programme willexplore socio-political, cultural and ethical issues as well as film appreciation.
The Global Lens 2003 line-upfeatures the Tajik gangster drama Angel On The Right, the Tunisian politicaldrama Khorma, Mango Yellow, the Brazilian fantasy Margarette's Feast and Cuban comedy Nothing.
Also included are theAlgerian terrorism drama Rachida,Indian executioner drama Shadow Kill, Ticket To Jerusalem,Iranian drama Women's Prisonand Wretched Lives, a familydrama from the Philippines.