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MIFF presents Global Lens 2005
(released 9/29/2005)

The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) and The Global Film Initiative are proud to present Global Lens 2005 October 6-15 at the Tower Theater in Little Havana. MIFF is one of just fourteen institutions in the U.S. chosen to present Global Lens 2005. The Global Film Initiative promotes cross-cultural understanding through cinema by supporting and presenting acclaimed, story-based films from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Global Lens is a traveling film series that showcases ten dramatic feature films that represent the diversity and excellence of cinema from the developing world. The 2005 program includes new work from nine countries — each in its original language — Algeria, Vietnam, Bosnia, Angola, Mali, Argentina, China, Uruguay, and Turkey.

$5 - Members/Sponsors Pre-Sale & Walk-Up
$5 - Students With ID - Walk-Up ONLY
$7- General Admission

For more information or to order tickets, visit the MIFF web site Global Lens 2005 page:
Or, phone 305-237-FILM (3456)


***BUFFALO BOY by Minh Nguyen-Vô (Vietnam)***

Thursday, Oct 6 at 7:30pm
Friday, Oct 7 at 9:00pm

Set in the lowlands of southern Vietnam, this powerful coming of age tale tells the story of the relationship between a father and son, the cycles of life, and the inescapable flow of all things. When young Kim joins the nomadic life of the buffalo herders he is exposed to a complex, brutal way of existence. (2004)

***DAUGHTER OF KELTOUM by Mehdi Charef (Algeria)***

Tuesday, Oct 11 at 7:00pm
Thursday, Oct 13 at 9:00pm

A young woman, Rallia, raised in Switzerland, travels to an isolated and barren Berber settlement located in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria. Rallia's journey is one of multi-tiered discovery in terms of her relationship to her extended family, traditional Berber culture, and her desperate need to locate her biological mother. (2001)

***FUSE by Pjer Žalica (Bosnia & Herzegovina)***

Monday, Oct 10 at 7:00pm
Friday, Oct 14 at 9:00pm

In a rustic village in Bosnia, two years after the civil war has officially ended, Serbs and Muslims are trying to live and work together. Times are tough, and everyone has to make his or her living in some sort of illegal way. An unflinchingly honest and darkly funny depiction of a poor, corrupt community amidst an attempt to establish some sort of democracy. (2003)

***HOLLOW CITY by Maria João Ganga (Angola)***

Saturday, Oct 8 at 4:00pm
Monday, Oct 10 at 9:00pm

Set in the aftermath of the Angolan revolution and the devastating results, this film chronicles young N'dala who arrives in Luanda on a military transport plane filled with others in the same situation. After running away, he begins his journey through the unfamiliar and un-welcoming city, drifting amongst the homeless, tragically pulled into their existence of survival. (2004)

***KABALA by Assane Kouyaté (Mali)***

Sunday, Oct 9 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, Oct 12 at 9:00pm

Because of ancient prejudices, Hamalla was banished from his native village in Mali. He returns four years later versed in modern technology at a time the village's future is precarious because the holy well of the ancestors is contaminated. In the face of epidemic, the villagers resist all of Hamalla's attempts to convince them of the need to purify the water. (2002)

***LILI'S APRON by Mariano Galperin (Argentina)***

Friday, Oct 14 at 7:00pm
Saturday, Oct 15 at 9:00pm

When Ramón, a chef in a restaurant, is laid off and all efforts to find alternative income fail, his and his wife's, Lili, furniture is repossessed, their family life is disrupted, and Ramón must cope with his wife's nervous breakdown. Out of both a sense of responsibility and panic, he devises a desperate, income-generating plan but hides its implications from Lili. (2004)

***TODAY AND TOMORROW by Alejandro Chomski (Argentina)***

Saturday, Oct 8 at 9:30pm
Thursday, Oct 13 at 7:00pm

A talented, would-be actress with a paying job as a waitress, Paula is always on the run: from her landlord, from the gas bill, from being late for work, and from her father's demands. Faced with two days to collect three months rent, Paula's disillusion and emotional turmoil become increasingly disturbing as her desperation leads her to darker corners of Buenos Aires' nightlife. (2003)

***UNIFORM by Diao Yinan (China)***

Sunday, Oct 9 at 9:30pm
Wednesday, Oct 12 at 7:00pm

Uniform perfectly illustrates a Chinese saying "the clothes enter before the person." A young tailor finds his life improving in a variety of ways when he - innocently at first - starts wearing a policeman's uniform left unclaimed in his family's laundry shop. This accomplished work typifies the style of the next generation of emerging Chinese filmmakers. (2003)

***WHAT'S A HUMAN ANYWAY? by Reha Erdem (Turkey)***

Saturday, Oct 8 at 7:00pm
Saturday, Oct 15 at 4:00pm

Set in an urban apartment building where neighbors, friends and family are living in close quarters, the film focuses on male protagonists through whom the three phases of stepping into manhood in Turkish society are explored. In this circus-like environment, there is a little boy who refuses to be circumcised, a young man who refuses to do his military service, a 30-year-old man refusing to leave home. (2004)

***WHISKY by Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll (Uruguay)***

Friday, Oct 7 at 7:00pm
Saturday, Oct 15 at 7:00pm

When his successful younger brother is expected for a visit, Jacobo asks Marta, his humble, loyal assistant, to pose as his wife. The brother, lively, inquisitive, and open, spontaneously suggests a seaside trip during which the three characters begin to reveal themselves in situations where farce, jealousy and betrayal lead to places of no return. (2004)

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