MOMA, GFI focus ‘Lens’

Event will focus on films from developing countries

The Museum of Modern Art and the Global Film Initiative will launch their first “Global Lens” film showcase this fall.

“Global Lens: New Cinema from the Developing World” will spotlight pics from developing countries. Nine will unspool Nov. 13-30, with two, “Ticket to Jerusalem” and “Mango Yellow,” extended to weeklong runs at MOMA’s Gramercy Theater venue.

Films were acquired by the Initiative as part of its acquisitions program, with the guidance of MOMA’s department of film and media. Plan is to make films from the developing world available in the U.S. as part of the Initiative’s mandate to raise cross-cultural awareness via cinema.

“We at the Initiative believe that the best way to understand other cultures is through the nuance of storytelling,” said GFI chair Susan Weeks Coulter. After unspooling at MOMA, series will travel to other institutions across the country.

Featured films include “Angel on the Right,” from Tajikistan, about a man lured home to visit his dying mother; the Brazilian “Margarette’s Feast,” an ode to silent films; and Cuban pic “Nothing,” in which a post office employee secretly writes letters in the guise of other people.

Both orgs have developed lesson plans and study guides to accompany selected pics. Several hundred Gotham high school students have been invited to screen the films and further explore them in the classroom.