The Fresno State CineCulture Series and the Armenian Studies Program are sponsoring a special sneak preview screening of “Aram, Aram” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 to kick off the fall 2015 lineup of CineCulture films.
Most CineCulture screenings are at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays during the fall semester in the Leon and Pete Peters Education Center Auditorium (5010 N. Woodrow Ave — west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). Some screenings are held with Fresno Filmworks at Tower Theater (815 E. Olive Ave.) – see full list below.
All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.
The “Aram, Aram” screening tonight in the Peters Education Center also is the first in the Armenian Studies Program Fall Lecture Series and is supported by the Leon S. Peters Foundation.
Director/writer Christopher Chambers will be the discussant following the film, which is the first American independent drama to take viewers inside the Armenian community of Los Angeles. Suddenly uprooted from his home in Beirut, a 12 year-old Armenian boy, Aram, is sent to live with his grandfather in America where he struggles to navigate the clash between old-world values and new-school Armenian identity in Little Armenia.
Chambers is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the American Film Institute.
The full CineCulture fall 2015 line up (at 5:30 p.m. in Peters Education Center Auditorium on campus unless otherwise noted):
August 28: Aram, Aram
Discussant: Christopher Chambers (Director)
September 4: Sweet Dreams
Discussant: Lisa Fruchtman (Director)
September 11: Filmworks – The Wandering Muse
Discussant: To be announced
September 18: Brahmin Bulls
Discussant: Mahesh Pailoor (Director)
September 25: Leviathan
Discussant: Dr. Michelle DenBeste
Screening at 5 p.m. at Tower Theatre
October 9: Filmworks: to be announced
October 16: The Second Mother
Discussant: Camila Mardila (A lead actress in the film)
October 23: Dukhtar
Discussant: Shrihari Sathe (Producer)
Co-Sponsor: Middle East Studies Program
October 30: Ghett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem
November 6: Food Chains
Discussant: Dr. Hilal Ever (Special U.N. Rapporteur on Right to Food)
November 13-15: Filmworks/Festival: to be announced
November 20: Even the Rain
Discussant: Dr. Ed EmanuEl
December 4: A Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did
Discussant: To be announced
December 11: Filmworks – To be announced
Co-Sponsors: Jewish Studies Certificate Program & Jewish Studies Association
CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community. CineCulture is also offered as a three unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicultural International (MI).
The CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.