Award-Winning Global Lens Film Series Returns to RIC March 5

Rhode Island College is once again presenting a series of five international films as part of the 2013 Global Lens Film Series, starting Tuesday (March 5) with a free showing of the critically acclaimed Egyptian film “Cairo 678.”

The Global Lens Film Series is the lead program developed by the Global Film Initiative, a non-profit organization that promotes little-known international films from developing nations that aren’t routinely exported to the U.S. market.

Rhode Island College is the only place in the state with exclusive rights to show films in the Global Lens Film Series, and the college has again partnered with the Providence Public Library to show the films to the college and local communities. 

“Global Lens is a great fit for RIC because we are a diverse campus that collectively wants to better understand the world,” said Anthony Galvez, assistant professor of communication and co-chair of RIC’s Dialogue on Diversity committee, which originally brought the Global Lens Film Series to the college as part of  Diversity Week last year.

RIC will kick off this year's Global Lens Film Series with a free showing of  “Cairo 678” on Tuesday  at 5:30 p.m. in Alger Hall Room 110. 

Directed by Mohamed Diab, “Cairo 678” is a 2010 film that highlights the lives of three Cairene women from different backgrounds who cautiously join together to combat sexual harassment, an issue that has impacted their lives and become a citywide plague.

“This film is an important piece of work in that it takes on the subject of global gender inequality and human rights,” said Galvez. “These are the subjects that our students care about. I think it is great that RIC is acknowledging these issues and using Global Lens as a way to stimulate the discussion about global issues.” 

Professor Emerita Carolyn Fleuhr-Lobban and RIC alum Katherine Wilson ‘12 will host a discussion immediately following the showing of “Cairo 678” to discuss some of these issues depicted in the film.

“We have only a limited knowledge of cultures represented in the films, but when we connect to the story, we learn something new,” said Galvez “I think ultimately we learn to be more empathetic towards people who are different from us because these films show us that humanity has a shared experience. We are not nearly as different as we might believe.”

The Global Lens Film Series schedule is as follows:

RIC                                                                                            Providence Public Library

Tuesday, March 5                                                                       Thursday, March 7

“Cairo 678”                                                                                   “Cairo 678”

(Alger Hall Room 110, 5:30 p.m.)


Monday, March 18                                                                      Thursday, March 21

“About 111 Girls”                                                                        “About 111 Girls”


Monday, April 1                                                                           Thursday, April 11

“Beijing Flickers”                                                                         “Beijing Flickers”


Monday, April 15                                                                         Thursday, April 25

“Modest Reception”                                                                     “Modest Reception”


Monday, April 29                                                                         Sunday, May 5

“The Parade”                                                                               “The Parade”

All screenings of the Global Lens Film Series are free and open to the public. Future RIC showings will be held at 4 p.m. in the Adams Library Fortes Room, or at the Providence Public Library at 6 p.m.

For more information on the Global Lens Film Series, contact Anthony Galvez at (401) 456-8270 or

Learn more in the Global Film Initiative’s “SPOTLIGHT: Dialogue, Diversity, and Community in Rhode Island”