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Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

The Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to showtime.

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$8 PAM Members, Students, Seniors
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THE 10-MINUTE RULE
Seats for advance ticket and pass holders are held until 10 minutes before showtime, when any unfilled seats are released to the public. Thus, advance tickets or passes ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee a seat in the case of arrival after the 10-minute window has begun. Your early arrival also helps get screenings started promptly. We appreciate your understanding. Advance ticket holders who arrive within the 10-minute window but are not seated may exchange their tickets for another screening at the Ticket Outlet or obtain a cash refund at the theater. There are no refunds or exchanges for late arrivals or for missed screenings.



   
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Global Lens

This touring series of recent films from Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East offers a unique survey of contemporary filmmaking from areas where economic realities make film storytelling—and the opportunity to reach international audiences—a challenge. Accomplished, entertaining, and thought-provoking, the films are deeply rooted in the social and political realities of the countries where their talented and resourceful makers live. Organized by the Global Film Initiative, “Global Lens” is one of the non-profit organization’s many granting, distribution, and education initiatives promoting cross-cultural understanding through cinema and the growth of global film communities. Visit globalfilm.org to explore GFI’S range of activities.



Sun, Jul 10, 2011
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Sun, Jul 10, 2011
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A USEFUL LIFE
DIRECTOR: FEDERICO VEIROJ
URUGUAY, 2010

After twenty-five years, Cinemateca Uruguaya’s most devoted director, Jorge (real-life Uruguayan critic Jorge Jellinek), still finds his inspiration in caring for the films and audiences that grace the screen and seats of his beloved arthouse cinema. But when dwindling attendance and diminishing support force the theater to close its doors, Jorge is projected into a world he knows only through the lens of art—and is suddenly forced to discover a new, “real world” passion that transcends his once-celluloid reality. Stylishly framed in black and white with knowing performances, Veiroj’s sly and loving homage to the soul of cinema is a universally appealing charmer about life after the movies. (77 mins.)

This year’s Uruguayan submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.


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Sat, Jul 16, 2011
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Sun, Jul 17, 2011
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THE WHITE MEADOWS
DIRECTOR: MOHAMMAD RASOULOF
IRAN, 2009

Rasoulof’s enigmatic feature tells the story of Rahmat, an elderly man who collects the tears of souls in pain in a tiny pitcher—remaining all the while a nonjudgmental witness to the absurd havoc wreaked by the powers that be. Traveling by boat to scenes of sorrow through a seascape dotted with salty white islands and cliffs, he encounters a woman consigned to the sea for rejecting an unwanted marriage, an artist punished for his choice of colors, a young virgin drowned as a sacrifice to the gods in hopes of rain, and other unfortunates. An allegory for government persecution of artistic expression, this elegant, poetic feature is both timely and timeless. Like the waters Rahmat sails, the tears of the grief-stricken, which are said to turn to pearls, are expansive. (92 mins.)

Sponsored by Portland State University's Middle East Studies Center.


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Fri, Jul 22, 2011
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Fri, Jul 22, 2011
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THE LIGHT THIEF
DIRECTOR: AKTAN ARYM KUBAT
KYRGYZSTAN, 2010

When a small village in remote southern Kyrgyzstan is targeted by a greedy development scheme and impending Chinese domination, somebody has to stand up. Director-star Kubat plays the highly affable Svet-ake, a.k.a. “Mr. Light,” who makes his living ingeniously illuminating homes and businesses in the community. In order for Svet-ake to realize his dreams of having a son (he already has four girls) and bringing affordable energy to his community (his vision is to harness wind power), he must thwart those who have more sinister moneymaking plans. Treating his characters with humanity and tenderness, Kubat fashions an entertaining portrait of an impoverished community and an insightful allegory about post-Soviet realities and the difficult path to democracy. (80 mins.)

This year’s Kyrgyzstanian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.


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Sun, Jul 31, 2011
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THE INVISIBLE EYE
DIRECTOR: DIEGO LERMAN
ARGENTINA, 2010

Set against the backdrop of Argentina’s military regime of the 1980s, Lerman’s engrossing psychological exploration of the totalitarian urge opens with a portrait of María Teresa, a lonely and deeply repressed assistant teacher at an elite Buenos Aires private school. Obedient and willing, she accepts unquestioningly the school’s rigid code of conduct and proud identification with the nation state. But her head professor’s words about the “cancer of subversion” and the need for total surveillance soon feed an unhealthy obsession with one of her students, leading to a downward spiral of degradation and breakdown in discipline that parallels a popular rebellion beyond the school’s ivy-covered walls. (95 mins.)

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Sun, Aug 7, 2011
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DOOMAN RIVER
DIRECTOR: ZHANG LU
CHINA, 2010

Writer-director Zhang Lu’s fascinating window into a rarely seen corner of rural China revolves around 12-year-old Chang-ho, living with his grandfather and mute sister along the frozen river-border with North Korea. Although fraught with unemployment and other tensions, his community seems sympathetic toward the Korean refugees fleeing famine and misery; Chang-ho even bonds over soccer with one young border-crosser who comes scavenging for food for a sibling. But he soon turns on his new friend as suspicions mount against the illegal immigrants and his sister reels from unexpected aggression, provoking a quandary over his loyalties in an exquisitely detailed story of compassion and strife across an uneasy geopolitical border. (89 mins.)

In Korean and Mandarin Chinese.

With community support from the Northwest China Council.


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Sun, Aug 14, 2011
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BELVEDERE
DIRECTOR: AHMED IMAMOVI
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, 2010

Ruveyda is like most residents of the Belvedere refugee camp: a stoic widow yearning to forget the tragedy of war 15 years after the Srebrenica ethnic cleansing of Bosnia and Herzegovina. But unlike those around her, she spends most of her days in a bittersweet routine of caring for her extended family and searching for the remains of her husband and son—both of which offer a precarious hope that is one day tested when her nephew is selected to participate in a crass reality television show in a former enemy enclave. An emotionally rich portrait of war’s troubled aftermath, Imamovi’s film paints an uncommon image of patience, faith, love, and, above all, forgiveness. (90 mins.)

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Sun, Aug 21, 2011
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SOUL OF SAND
DIRECTOR: SIDHARTH SRINIVASAN
INDIA, 2010

A watchman and his wife living at an abandoned mine find themselves trapped in the brutal schemes of their tyrannical landlord in this suspenseful, visually striking 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, Srinivasan’s eccentric thriller delves into the dark interstices between Indian modernity and tradition. (98 mins.)

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Sun, Aug 28, 2011
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Sun, Aug 28, 2011
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STREET DAYS
DIRECTOR: LEVAN KOGUASHVILI
GEORGIA, 2010

A middle-aged, unemployed heroin addict, well-meaning 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 to 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 Koguashvili’s lightly humorous yet realistic drama about the fate of a generation left behind in Georgia’s post-Soviet era. (86 mins.)

This year’s Georgian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.


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Sun, Sep 4, 2011
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Sun, Sep 4, 2011
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THE TENANTS
DIRECTOR: SERGIO BIANCHI
BRAZIL, 2009

Bianchi’s richly detailed film excavates society’s fear of and fascination with violence—from television’s constant stream of near-pornographic mayhem to venomous suspicion between neighbors, petty feuds within marriages, and quarreling among children—in an indictment of the lowest human impulses. (103 mins.)

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