Movies often take us around the world.
Look at this week's new releases, and you can be transported to Europe in The Tourist or Australia and part of Europe (standing in for a completely different world) in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. But it isn't too often that those big, Hollywood productions give you insights into other worlds.
That's what Global Lens aims to do. Lexington is one of 35 cities in the United States to host this festival, which starts Friday at The Kentucky Theatre.
Here's a quick look at the Global Lens movies:
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Adrift (2009, from Vietnam, in Vietnamese): A woman in a loveless marriage finds passion and danger when her best friend pushes her to another suitor. (5:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday)
Becloud (2009, Mexico, Spanish): The lives of three neighborhood men are all tied to a baby found years earlier at the bottom of a dry lake bed with his mother. (7:40 p.m. Friday and Sunday, 9:40 p.m. Wednesday)
Gods (2008, Peru, Spanish): A satire of the upper class in which a woman marrying a wealthy man gets more than she bargained for from his children. (9:50 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5:30 Thursday)
Leo's Room (2009, Uruguay, Spanish): A man who confines himself to his room finds that he has to re-examine his lifestyle after his girlfriend leaves him. (1:30 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Monday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday)
Masquerades (2008, Algeria, Arabic): A man tries to marry off his sister to improve his family's fortunes, but she has other ideas. (3:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Monday, 9:30 p.m. Thursday)
My Tehran for Sale (2009, Iran, Farsi): An actress recounts her life and struggles living in Iran. (5:30 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 p.m. Monday)
Ocean of an Old Man (2008, India, Hindi): A British teacher tries to keep a class together after a tsunami wipes out much of his community. (7:30 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday)
Ordinary People (2009, Serbia, Serbian): A soldier assigned to execute civilians is initially desensitized and ultimately overwhelmed by the task. (9:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday)
The Shaft (2008, China, Mandarin): Big dreams are dashed in the story of a Western Chinese family. (1:30 p.m. Sunday, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday)
Shirley Adams (2009, South Africa, English and Afrikaans): In impoverished Cape Town, a single mother cares for her paraplegic son. (3:30 p.m. Sunday, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday)