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"In recent times, no medium has been as effective at communicating the range and diversity of the world's cultures as the cinematic arts," says the Global Film Initiative on its website. That's probably true, but according to the initiative, the overwhelming success of the American film industry (i.e. Hollywood) drowns out much of this diversity on our own shores. In an effort to bring authentic and accessible films from around the world to American audiences, the GFI created the Global Lens Film series, which will screen About 111 Girls this weekend. Directed by Iranian filmmakers Nahid Ghobadi and Bijan Zamanpira, About 111 Girls follows a government official, his driver, and a young guide as they race across Iranian Kurdistan to prevent the mass suicide of 111 young Kurdish women. Along the way, the men must confront the many contradictions of Iranian Kurdistan, the resentment of public officials, and the harsh conditions that drove the girls to contemplate suicide in the first place.