Promoting Cross-Cultural Understanding Through Cinema

For Immediate Release

Contact: Marilyn Wilkes (203) 432-3413

Promoting Cross-Cultural Understanding Through Cinema

September 25, 2008. New Haven, CT � Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER) at Yale University’s MacMillan Center has partnered with The Global Film Initiative to present the Global Lens, a series of 10 independent, international feature films to be screened October 2–5, in Room 106, 212 York Street.

All programs are free and open to the public.

The full-length films are part of a program that encourages viewers to gain a deeper understanding of different cultural points of view. From the opening scenes to the closing credits of these films, viewers are transported to the underworld of Manila, the southern coast of the Caspian Sea, a wedding in Lebanon, the sprawling metropolis of Mumbai, the fringes of urban Argentina, a road trip in South Africa, nightclubs in Wuhan city, a mobile tavern in Croatia, and the beaches of Java.

Interested members of the audience will be given lesson plans and/or discussion guides developed by the Global Film Initiative to accompany the films, in accordance with standards based, structured learning.

For a full list of films being screened and their times, see To view trailers of the films, see

Global Lens 2008 is hosted by PIER, in collaboration with the Councils on Middle East Studies, Latin American and Iberian Studies, African Studies, European Studies, East Asian Studies, South Asian Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies at the MacMillan Center. For more information about the series, contact PIER Outreach Director Greta Scharnweber at

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Contact Information:

Marilyn Wilkes

The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale

(203) 432-3413