MoMA and the Global Film Initiative (GFI) present Global Lens, an annual touring exhibition conceived by GFI to encourage filmmaking in countries with developing film communities. This selection of 10 films from as far afield as Iran, Serbia, Chile, Kazakhstan, and Iraq includes projects developed with seed money from GFI, and represents a concise survey of contemporary filmmaking from areas where local political restrictions and/or economic realities make such expensive and technology-driven endeavors a challenge. Accomplished, entertaining, and thought-provoking, these films are all deeply rooted in the social and political realities of the countries where their talented and resourceful makers live and set their stories.

We celebrate the 10th anniversary of Global Lens with weeklong runs of Zhang Yuan’s Beijing Flickers and Eduardo Nunes’s Southwest; an overlooked earlier film, Life Kills Me (2007), from Chilean director Sebastián Silva (whose 2009 film The Maid was much admired); Cairo 678, a big hit at MoMA’s 2011 New Directors/New Films festival, and much more.

Organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Global Film Initiative and the Department of Film.