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Global Film Initiative

Works: 134 works in 327 publications in 13 languages and 6,748 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Internet videos  History  Melodrama  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Social problem films  Comedy films  War films  Action and adventure films  Thrillers (Motion pictures) 
Roles: Distributor, Producer
Classifications: PN1997.2, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Global Film Initiative
Mua len trau = Buffalo boy by Nghiêm-Minh Nguyẽ̂n-Vỏ( Visual )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in Vietnamese and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A child is telling his family history. Kim's father is ill and his two buffaloes may die because all the grass is underwater due to the floods. Kim takes the two buffaloes in search of good grass. He joins Lap's herding team, and helps Det reunite with the mother of his son. One of the two buffaloes dies. When Kim hears his father is dying, he goes to U Minh. The father reveals the truth of Kim's ancestry. A couple of strangers help Kim put his father's corpse in a safe place until the water retreats and he can be properly buried. Lap confirms what Kim's father told him as he died:--that Kim's true mother is the sister of Lap, whom Kim's father raped on a buffalo herding run. Kim tries to rape Det's wife. Det dies in a skirmish between Lap's and Kieng's buffalo herding teams. Kim adopts Det's son, Thieu. In a voiceover, Kim says that the Japanese came in to drive out the French, and then were themselves driven out. This political change does not seem to affect rural Vietnam
Rachida by Yamina Bachir-Chouikh( Visual )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in Arabic and English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Algerian elementary school teacher is approached by a terrorist group, which asks her to plant a bomb in her school
Transit Cafe( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in Persian and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When an Iranian widow takes over her husband's truck stop restaurant after his death, she must hide in the kitchen so she doesn't cause a scandal. Now her brother-in-law wants to be with her for the cafe, while a customer just wants to be with her
Pelo malo = Bad hair by Mariana Rondón( Visual )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in Spanish and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A nine-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother."--IMDb
Nada + by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti( Visual )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in Spanish and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lighthearted story of a Cuban postal worker and how she copes with her dreary life
Sheng si jie = Stolen life by Shaohong Li( Visual )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in Chinese and English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yan'ni starts college, but once there she immediately falls in love with Muyu. Muyu begins an intricate deception that will take Yan'ni's child and the belief in any future she has
Na cidade vazia = Hollow city by Ransom Riggs( Visual )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in Portuguese and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

N'dala is an orphan from the Angolan province of Bie, a flashpoint in the rebellion that incited Angola's brutal civil war. In 1991 N'dala is airlifted by missionaries to the port city of Luanda, Angola's capital. He slips away from the nuns at the airport, choosing the solitude of the streets of the old city, but he is not prepared for living by his wits. His wandering leads N'dala to the beach where he takes shelter in an old fisherman's shack, but he is haunted by nightmares of the assault that left his family dead, and he soon disappears into the shanty-town neighborhoods of the city. Each step N'dala takes into the dark streets of the city leads him farther from his home
Bent Keltoum = Keltoum's daughter by Mehdi Charef( Visual )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in Arabic and French and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A young Swiss woman travels to her birthplace - an isolated, barren Berber settlement in the mountainous desert landscape of Algeria - to find her biological mother, who she has never met. The perilous journey immerses her in a world virtually untouched by contemporary society, one that still clings to tribal mores and strict religious codes of conduct."--Container
Women's prison by Manīzhah Ḥikmat( Visual )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in Persian and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Banned in Iran, this taboo-breaking film uses the claustrophobic life of women behind bars as a metaphor for Iranian society since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Mitra, in prison for killing her violent stepfather, confronts new warden Tahereh on the eve of a riot, fearlessly challenging her dogmatic views, which, over time, began to change
Pairon talle = Soul of sand( Visual )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in Hindi and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A watchman and his wife living at an abandoned mine find themselves trapped in the brutal schemes of their tyrannical landlord in this drama set on the urban outskirts of Delhi. When the landlord offers his daughter to a wealthy potential buyer of the mine, she and her lower-caste lover run away. The watchman reluctantly helps them, but a sinister masked killer dispatched to hunt down the runaways endangers them all. A searing take on the politics of caste and money in a rapidly developing economy, Sidharth Srinivasan's eccentric thriller delves into the dark interstices between Indian modernity and tradition
Quchis dgeebi = Street days by Levan Koguashvili( Visual )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in Georgian and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A middle-aged, unemployed heroin-addict, Checkie, loiters on the Tbilisi street outside his son's school, where he himself was once a promising student. His wife, meanwhile, struggles to pay the tuition and understand her husband's lack of interest in the family's survival, even as the bank repossesses their furniture. But when a group of policemen blackmails Checkie into entrapping the son of his wealthy friend, husband and wife are unified by the uncertainty of their deepening moral dilemma, and a series of worsening foul-ups, in Levan Koguashvili's lightly humorous yet realistic drama about the fate of a generation left behind in Georgia's post-Soviet era
La nuit de la verité = The night of truth by Fanta Régina Nacro( Visual )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in French and English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an unspecified country in Africa, after ten years of bloody war, the Nayaks, the President's ethnic group, and the Bonandes, rebels supporting Colonel Theo, come together to celebrate the peace agreement. But the reconciliation festivities are overshadowed by the terrible barbarities that have been committed on both sides
La vida útil = A useful life by Federico Veiroj( Visual )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in Spanish and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After twenty-five years, Cinemateca Uruguaya's most devoted employee, Jorge (real-life Uruguayan critic Jorge Jellinek), still finds his inspiration in caring for the films and audiences that grace the seats and screen of his beloved arthouse cinema. But when dwindling attendance and diminishing support force the theater to close its doors, Jorge is sent into a world he knows only through the lens of art--and suddenly forced to discover a new passion that transcends his once-celluloid reality. Stylishly framed in black-and-white with brilliantly understated performances, Federico Veiroj's sly and loving homage to the soul of cinema is a universally appealing gem and knowing charmer about life after the movies
Gori vatra = Fuse( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in Bosnian and Croatian and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comedic story about Bosnia turned upside down as it prepares for a visit by President Cinton, two years after the civil war. The entire community fumbles as they try to create a perfect image of themselves. Someone tries to ruin things for everyone
Ṭayyārah min waraq = Le cerf-volant = The kite by Randa Chahal Sabbag( Visual )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in Arabic and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In director Randa Chahal Sabbag's fairytale for troubled times, sixteen-year-old Lamia must cross a border checkpoint between Lebanon and Israel to marry a man she has never met. Neither she nor her betrothed are eager to consummate the marriage, a matter further complicated by Lamia's surprising admission that she is in love with the Israeli soldier guarding the border
Almost brothers = Quase dois irmãos( Visual )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in Portuguese and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two childhood friends, an upper-middle-class politician and a drug dealer, find themselves unexpectedly reunited after decades apart
Cinema, aspirinas e urubus( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in Portuguese and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During World War II, Ranulpho hitches a ride with Johan, an aspirin salesman running from the German draft. But as Brazil is about to enter the war against Germany, Johan must quickly run or his days of freedom may be numbered
Shadow kill = Nizhalkkuthu by Adoor Gopalakrishnan( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in Malayalam and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the early 1940s in Travancore, South India, Kaliyappan struggles with the guilt and implications of the executions he obediently carries out. His son, a follower of Gandhi, rejects his father's way of life. After Kaliyappan is told to prepare for another hanging, a traveler's story changes their destiny
Keshtzar haye sepid = The white meadows( Visual )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in Persian and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this dreamlike yet earthbound film, Rahmat the boatman navigates the increasingly brackish waters of a coastal land, collecting the heartaches and tears of its inhabitants. But he remains powerless against their misguided attempts to appease the gods and make the land green again, whether by offering a bride to the sea or forcibly 'treating' the eyes of a painter who sees in different colors. Drawing firsthand on the challenges faced by Iranian artists of today, writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof's deeply atmospheric and poetical film is a gorgeous allegory of intolerance, brutality and mystified routine that resonates far beyond any one state's borders"--Container
Amarelo manga( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in Portuguese and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mango Yellow describes the experiences of a small group of people, a waiter, a gay chef, a butcher, and his Evangelical wife, as they pursue romantic encounters and unfilled dreams and illusions around the coastal Brazilian city of Recife
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Alternative Names

GFI (Global Film Initiative)