Hollywood blockbusters are fun to watch, but their view of the world can be myopic. Theres always a witty one-liner, damsel in defiant distress, or rugged tough guy to fill in the plot holes and keep the story moving. If youre like us, you get sick of seeing the world through the same silver-screen point of view. For an invigorating international perspective, check out the Global Lens film series, ongoing at the Cosford Cinema on the University of Miami campus.
The goal of the Global Film initiative is to promote cross-cultural understanding through the medium, and this series which continues through February 25 will include movies from many misunderstood places. Expect to see visions of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, all handpicked for their cinematic strength, distinctive voices, and compelling messages. Tonights screenings are Wang Chaos Luxury Car, which depicts the estrangement of family in contemporary China, and director Rodrigo Morenos The Custodian, which reveals the apathetic existence of a bodyguard assigned to protect politicians in Argentina. Visit com.miami.edu for screening times, and check out www.globalfilm.org to learn more about the series.
Feb. 19-25, 2008