Acclaimed Global Lens Film Series Returns to RIC

“Film is such a wonderful medium for spreading ideas and offering a glimpse into worlds that may be foreign to us,” said Anthony Galvez, assistant professor of communications at RIC and the college’s Dialogue on Diversity co-chair.

This year the Global Lens Film Series returns to Rhode Island College with award-winning international films. The series is part of the Global Film Initiative, a non-profit organization that promotes films from across the globe and then exports them to markets that would otherwise never experience these works.

Galvez, who initiated the partnership between RIC and the Global Film Initiative, said he has learned a great deal about RIC students, who after each film are quick to share experiences similar to those depicted in the films. “We watch, we discuss, and we learn a little about each other,” he said.  

Students are also able to experience situations and landscapes that aren’t normally portrayed in Hollywood films, he said. “Our students can sit down for 90 minutes and learn about family life in Iraq, the politics of Mexico, or the struggle for gender equality in Egypt. Most importantly, when students see the films, they are expanding their worldview while seeing some genuinely entertaining stories.”

RIC will continue free screenings of the films in the Adams Library Fortes Room from Sept. 23 through Nov. 4, in partnership with the Providence Public Library, which will show the same films at its downtown branch on Washington Street, from Sept. 26 through Nov. 7.

Look for these upcoming films:

Sept. 23 – RIC
Sept. 26 – Providence Public Library
The Fantastic World of Juan Orol,” directed by Sebastián del Amo of Mexico, tells the life story of Juan Orol, a failed baseball player, boxer and gangster who became a beloved cult film director.    

Oct. 7 – RIC
Oct. 10 – Providence Public Library

Life Kills Me,” directed by Sebastián Silva of Chile, is a comedy with cinematic style. A grieving cinematographer forms an unlikely friendship with a morbidly obsessed drifter.

Oct. 21 - RIC
Oct. 24 - Providence Public Library

Southwest,” directed by Eduardo Nunes of Brazil, is a gorgeous dreamlike tale of a newborn spirited away to a lakeside village where she lives her entire life out in a single day.

Nov. 4 - RIC
Nov. 7 - Providence Public Library
Student,” directed by Darezhan Omirbayev of Kazakhstan, was inspired by Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment.” In a post-Soviet Kazakhstan, a solitary student commits a calculated violent crime.

All screenings are free and open to the public. RIC showings will be at 4 p.m. Providence Public Library showings will be at 6 p.m.

For more information on the Global Lens Film Series contact Anthony Galvez at (401) 456-8638 or