The Global Media Festival (or GMF) is the GT School of Modern Languages’ annual film and discussion series focusing on sustainability across languages and cultures. The 2023 festival explores the theme “reduced inequalities within and among countries” (# 10 of the UN sustainable development goals). This year, the festival will run from Monday, April 17th to Sunday, April 23rd, 2023. ALL SCREENINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! They include complementary popcorn and (many of them catering). All events will be in Atlantic and Cypress Theaters at Georgia Tech’s Student Center.  

The 2023 Global Media Festival will include screenings of international films from Peru, France, China, Germany, Japan, and Brazil and Q&A with directors and discussants.   

Highlights include the screening of “The Revolution and the Land,” Peru’s most watched documentary of all time about the history of struggles for the land and citizenship in the country, and the on-campus Q&A with the film director Gonzalo Benavente Secco.    

The GMF will also present “Making Pandemics” (France). In this award-winning documentary, French actress Juliette Binoche seeks to understand the causes of the “epidemic of pandemics.” She meets with scientists, specialized “disease ecologists” from around the world, to understand the links between human health and the health of ecosystems. 

Transnational Chinese films will be represented with “Above the drowning sea” and “Ascension.”  The first one details the story of Jewish refugees from Nazi Europe who found sanctuary in Shanghai on the eve of World War II. The second examines an increasingly stratified China by juxtaposing everyday life of assembly line workers with the nouveau riche.  

Other screenings include “One day we arrive in Japan,” a documentary about Brazilian immigration in Japan, and the sci-fi style documentary “Beyond This Backyard” from Brazil.   

For detailed information of the 2023 GMF schedule please check our website and RSVP HERE.

The 2023 Global Media Festival is sponsored by the School of Modern Languages; the Atlanta Global Studies Center; the School of Literature, Media, and Communication; the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems; and Serve-Learn-Sustain.  

Student Center Cypress and Atlantic Theaters