The Global Media Festival is the Georgia Tech School of Modern Languages’ annual film and discussion series focusing on sustainability across languages and cultures. The 2023 festival will explore the theme “reduced inequalities within and among countries” (# 10 of the UN sustainable development goals). Our previous edition of the GMF focused on Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions and ran from March 14 to April 19, 2022. Festival highlights included the Atlanta and North American premieres of French director and actress Aïssa Maïga’s films “ABOVE WATER”/”MARCHER SUR L’EAU” (2021) and “MELANIN”/”REGARD NOIR” (2012); a roundtable featuring the subtitler of Oscar-winning feature “PARASITE” (2019), a screening of the first Cambodian-set science fiction film “KARMALINK, and more!

Past Festival Highlights

Regard Noir“MELANIN”/”REGARD NOIR” (2021) Screening and Q&A with Director Aïssa Maïga

Acclaimed French actress Aïssa Maïga speaks with actresses, actors and directors from France, Brazil and the United States about the limitations in the film industry when it comes to race.


“SADAKAT”/”FIDELITY” (2014) Screening and Q&A with Director Ilker Çatak

Set during anti-government protests in Istanbul, the film follows the life of a Turkish couple which issuddenly thrown into turmoil due to Asli’s decision to give shelter to an anti-government protester.


KARMALINK” (2021) Screening and Q&A with Director Jake Wachtel

Shot on location in the Khmer language with English subtitles, “Karmalink” tells the tale of a plucky group of kids, from a gentrifying poor neighborhood in Phnom Penh, who try to solve the mystery of a stolen idol.


GMF Collaborators and Sponsors

School of Modern Languages
Atlanta Global Studies Center
Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain
Georgia Tech Library
French Consulate of Atlanta
Japan Foundation
Global Change Program
School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Office of the Vice Provost for International Initiatives
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