The films presented in this annual collaboration, now in its fifth year, are part of the touring film exhibition Global Lens, a project conceived by The Global Film Initiative (GFI) to encourage filmmaking in countries with developing film communities. Developed with seed money from GFI, this year's eight films, representing eight different countries, constitute a concise survey of contemporary filmmaking from areas where local economic realities make such expensive and technology-driven endeavors a challenge. Accomplished, entertaining, and thought-provoking, the films are also deeply rooted in the social and political realities of the countries where their talented and resourceful makers live and set their stories. Two films in the exhibition, The Bet Collector (2006, Philippines), and Opera Jawa (2006, Indonesia) will have weeklong runs, allowing them to build an audience and attract critical attention. Several films are part of an educational project between GFI and MoMA's Department of Education, and will be screened separately for participating educational institutions and schools in the New York area.
Organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film. Global Lens, 2008 is a collaboration between The Global Film Initiative and the Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.