Presented by Fresno Filmworks, the festival features eight exclusive, feature-length movies from nine countries, and it includes special filmmaker appearances, social gatherings and discussions.
Friday, Nov. 10
- 7 p.m. — “Django” — Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt must escape from German-occupied Paris in 1943 in this French biographical drama. Opening night champagne reception to follow.
Saturday, Nov. 11
- Noon — “The Force” — This documentary follows the Oakland Police Department as it faces increasing public scrutiny and internal scandal.
- 2:30 p.m. — “The Divine Order” — An unassuming young housewife is suddenly thrust into the center of the cultural movement for women’s suffrage in 1970s Switzerland.
- 5:30 p.m. — “In Syria” — Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass plays a mother of three whose family comes under siege in war-torn Damascus.
- 8 p.m. — “I Dream in Another Language” — The preservation of a dying language indigenous to Mexico lies in the hands of two sworn enemies who refuse to speak to each other.
Sunday, Nov. 12
- Noon — “Our Time Will Come” — A primary school teacher in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong is pulled into a mission to save Chinese novelist Mao Dun during World War II.
- 3:30 p.m. — “Unleashed” — A woman unknowingly starts dating her pets when they mysteriously turn into grown men. Featuring a Q&A with director Finn Taylor.
- 7 p.m. — “The Women’s Balcony” — When the women’s balcony breaks, the women of a synagogue in Jerusalem humorously band together to fight for their rights and traditions.
Tickets for individual programs cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors; festival passes cost $50. Tickets and passes can be purchased online and at the Tower Theatre box office (815 E. Olive Ave.).