GMF 2022

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Festival Overview

The sixth annual Global Media Festival explored United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #16, which promotes human rights and the development of societies that are peaceful, fair, and inclusive.

This year’s festival highlight 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! Please check out our full events schedule below!

GMF 2022 Team:

Director: Amanda Weiss

Graduate Research Assistant: Meg Carver

Committee Members: Keung Yoon Bae, Stephanie Boulard, Catherine Manci, Greg Zinman, Jan Uelzmann, and Ida Yoshinaga


Translating for a Screen: Subtitling in the Age of Streaming

Join us for an online roundtable exploring how subtitling has changed in the era of Netflix. Discussions to be focused on the topic of translation and subtitling, and how streaming is changing this work. Featuring Darcy Paquet (subtitler for Parasite), Prof Kerim Yasar (USC) and Prof Irhe Sohn (Smith).

Organizer: Keung Yoon Bae

Date: March 14th, 2022, 7:00-9:00 pm EST

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“ABOVE WATER”/”MARCHER SUR L’EAU” (2021) Screening and Q&A with Director Aïssa Maïga 

A live screening followed by a Q&A with award-winning French film director, Aïssa Maïga. “Above Water” (“Marcher sur l’eau”) details the life of 12-year-old Houlaye, who travels several kilometers each day to fetch water until her village unites to construct a well. This fundamentally could change the lives of a group of people who have literally been walking on water since birth. Screening followed by Q&A with director Aïssa Maïga, moderated by Stéphanie Boulard. The Q&A will be recorded and shared on our website.

Organizers: Stephanie Boulard and Megan Carver

Date: March 15th, 2022, 6:00-9:00 pm EST

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Cities of Peace Roundtable: From Atlanta to Hiroshima

Join us for an online roundtable conversation with speakers from Hiroshima Peace Institute and the Carter Center. What does it mean to be a “city of peace,” and how is it different in Atlanta and Hiroshima? What is the importance of SDG #16: Peace, Justice, & Strong Institutions? Moderated by Dr. Greg Zinman, School of Literature, Media, & Communication and co-sponsored by Japan Foundation and GT Library.

Organizers: Amanda Weiss and Catherine Manci

Date: March 16th, 2022, 5:00-6:30 pm EST

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“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. The documentary follows Aïssa Maïga on a road-trip from Paris to Los Angeles and San Paolo to explore the historical roots of systemic racism and the impact of discrimination and stereotypes in films and series on societies and their respective popular culture. Event open to the public and registration is mandatory. Screening followed by Q&A with director Aïssa Maïga, moderated by Stéphanie Boulard and Meg Carver. The Q&A will be recorded and shared on our website.

Organizers: Stephanie Boulard and Megan Carver

Date: March 16th, 2022, 6:30-9:00 pm EST

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

In-person and livestreamed screening of the Academy Award-winning short film “Fidelity” (25 min, 2014) and a Q&A session with director Ilker Çatak. Set during anti-government protests in Istanbul, the film follows the life of a Turkish couple which is suddenly thrown into turmoil due to Asli’s decision to give shelter to an anti-government protester. The police start to investigate Asli’s family, and the film follows the dynamic between Asli and her husband, as the pressure imposed by the police mounts. The film won the 2015 Student Academy Award.

Organizer: Jan Uelzmann

Date: April 1st, 2022, 4:00-6:00 pm EST

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

In-person and livestreamed screening and Q&A with director Jake Wachtel of the family mystery-adventure film “Karmalink.” 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. They encounter one tween’s inexplicable visions of Cambodian history, and reincarnation the 21st-century way, in this wryly dystopian story of economic justice. The Q&A will be moderated by IAC Sam Nunn School of International Affairs scholar Dr. Katja Weber, who runs GT’s study abroad program to Southeast Asia. 

Organizer: Ida Yoshinaga

Date: April 19th 5:00-7:45 pm EST

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