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

Tower Theatre

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

Tower Theatre

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

Tower Theatre

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.

For more information, contact Dr. Mary Husain, professor and club adviser, at, club president Yameen Mahmood at yameen_02@mail.fresnostate or visit the CineCulture website.

For the Armenian Studies Program Fall Lecture Series, contact Dr. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program at 559.278.2669 or visit the program website.