The Fresno State CineCulture film series will present a screening of “Dawn of the World” (L’aube du monde) at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, to kick off its spring semester line-up including a showing Feb. 5 of “3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets” as part of Black History Month.

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State students, faculty and staff, as well as the community. CineCulture is also offered as a three-unit course (MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department.

A related student organization, the CineCulture Club, promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.

Unless otherwise noted, CineCulture screenings are at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays in the Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Educational Center in the Student Recreational Center (5010 N. Woodrow Ave.).

All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.

The 96-minute “Dawn of the World” screening (Arabic and French with English subtitles) is supported by the Leon S. Peters Foundation. Co-sponsors are Fresno State’s Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Department and the French and Middle East Studies programs.

Dr. Rose Marie Kuhn, professor of French, will discuss the film after the screening. The film documents the Maadan tribe in the mythical Garden of Eden that is located in southwestern Iraq on the border of Iran and Kuwait. The storyline follows a married couple in the tribe who befriends a young Baghdad soldier for protection during the first Gulf War.

Next week’s film, “3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets,” is a timely film that explores a criminal justice gone awry and speaks to the current racial climate in America. It will include a discussion about Black Lives Matter, the international activist movement originating in the African American community that campaigns against violence toward Black people. Co-sponsors of the Feb. 5 film are the Africana Studies Program, African American Edge Initiative and the Cross Cultural and Gender Center.

The CineCulture spring 16 line-up on campus (includes several film screenings co-hosted with Fresno Filmworks off campus):

The Fresno Filmworks film screenings will be held at the Tower Theatre (815 E. Olive Ave.).

For more information, visit the CineCulture website, or contact Dr. Mary Husain, professor and club adviser, at or 559.278.5702.

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