CHAMPAIGN — The University YMCA and Parkland College are offering the Global Lens 2012 film series this fall.
At the Y, 1001 S. Wright St., C, all screenings will be at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in Latzer Hall; at Parkland, at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in Room C118, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission at both venues is free. The schedules for both are different. Parkland will show six from the series, while the Y will show 10.
The international award-winning films in the series are not distributed or available except through the series, which is launched every January at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and is presented in venues nationwide, including museums, movie theaters and university cultural centers. Each venue has already shown one film.
The Y schedule:
— Sept. 12, "Craft," Brazil, in Portuguese and French, with subtitles in English.
A struggling actress and celebrity impersonator lands an audition and what may be her "big break" after an inspired director recasts his film around her socially marginalized life as an underrated artist in Rio.
— Sept. 19, "Fat, Bald Short Man," Colombia, Spanish, with subtitles in English.
The prospects for a lonely middle-aged notary unexpectedly change after he joins a self-improvement group and his charismatic new boss — and strangely affable doppelgnger — takes an interest in his life.
— Sept. 26. "The Finger," Argentina, Spanish, with subtitles in English.
In the face of electoral fraud and intimidation, the severed finger of a respected local leader points the way forward for independent-minded citizens and their town's quest for democracy after dictatorship.
— Oct. 3, "Grey Matter," Kinyarwanda and French, with subtitles in English.
After government officials decline to support his project, a determined filmmaker enlists the support of a loan shark to finance his trenchant drama about the aftermath and impact of genocide on a brother and sister.
— Oct. 10, "Mourning," Iran, Persian, with subtitles in English.
In the wake of his parents' disappearance, a boy is placed in the care of his deaf aunt and uncle who, during a road trip to Tehran, engage in a silent but apparently not-so-secret debate about the child's future.
— Oct. 17, "Pegasus," Morocco, Arabic, with subtitles in English.
A young woman, traumatized by her dictatorial father's insistence she be raised as a boy, finds herself the unwitting patient of a psychiatrist intent on learning the truth behind the girl's story.
— Oct. 24, "The Prize," Argentina, Spanish, with subtitles in English.
A political activist's life-in-hiding on an isolated stretch of Argentina's coastline is jeopardized after her 7-year-old daughter is selected to participate in a local school's patriotic essay contest.
— Oct. 31, "Qarantina," Iraq, Arabic, with subtitles in English.
A sullen assassin, living above a dysfunctional family in Baghdad, captures the attention of the household's unhappy mother, setting a dangerous stage for confrontation with the family's lecherous father.
— Nov. 7, "Toll Booth," Turkey, Turkish, with subtitles in English.
An aging toll booth attendant, straining under the weight of a domineering father and suffocating work routine, finally begins to crack when faced with the emotional pressure of an unexpected romance.
The Parkland schedule:
— Sept. 20, "Toll Booth."
— Oct. 4, "Amnesty."
— Oct. 18, "Craft."
— Nov. 1, "The Finger."
— Dec. 6, "Mourning."