Directed by Teal Greyhavens
Cinema Is Everywhere is a documentary feature that ties four narratives from China, India, Scotland, and Tunisia- together with insights from venerable filmmakers and ordinary moviegoers. These stories are woven together with scenes from video stores, projection booths, studios, slums, and homes into a meditation on the humanitarian potential of the world’s most popular art form. Featuring: Javed Akhtar, Shyam Benegal, Fruit Chan, Mark Cousins, Stanley Kwan, Sudhir Mishra, and Tilda Swinton.
Cinema Is Everywhere is about people who believe in the power of movies, and the worlds in which they live. It is about the dream of a young actress in Mumbai and the struggles of a director in Hong Kong; it is about a Tunisian documentary that dismantles taboos on sexuality, and a film festival in Beijing where obscure Scottish films are seen translated for the first time by Chinese eyes. It is about the potential of cinema to break down barriers and spark dialogue. Rather than educate or persuade, the purpose of Cinema Is Everywhere is to transport the viewer into the lives of characters far away in space and time, and, in so doing, to illuminate cinema’s unique potential for inspiring empathy and understanding.
THE FILMMAKER: Teal Greyhavens began Cinema Is Everywhere as a research proposal submitted to the Thomas J. Watson Foundation in 2007. Working under a Watson Fellowship, he lived overseas for one year and filmed every week for 52 weeks. The production was aided by volunteer crew and translators around the world. Greyhavens is also a film review columnist and freelance writer based in Los Angeles.