The Fresno State CineCulture Series kicks off its spring 2019 lineup of film screenings with “Under the Blood Red Sun” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25.

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State students, faculty and staff, and the broader community. CineCulture is also offered as a three-unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Media, Communications and Journalism Department. The CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.

Screenings are held on Fridays at 5:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted, in the Peters Education Center Auditorium (west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center).

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

Jan. 25: “Under the Blood Red Sun(2014)

  • Discussant:Chris Tashima, actor featured in the film
  • 99 minutes

“Under the Blood Red Sun,” adapted from Graham Salisbury’s 1995 historical novel and directed by Tim Savage, is an unforgettable story (based on actual events) of friendship, courage and survival. On Dec. 7, 1941, Tomikazu “Tomi” Nakaji and his best friend, Billy Davis, are playing baseball in a field near their homes in Hawaii when Japan launches a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Torn between his love of all things American and the Japanese traditional ways, Tomi is frightened and feels ashamed of his native country. His friendship with Billy is tested as prejudice divides their island community, and he is forced to care for his mama and sister after his papa is taken away to an internment camp.

Feb. 1: “Women of the Venezuelan Chaos (2017)

Feb. 8: “Maborosi(1995)

  • Discussant: Dr. Ed Emanuel
  • In Japanese with English subtitles
  • 110 minutes

Feb. 15: “The Long Shadow(2018)

  • Discussant: Maureen Gosling, editor and co-creator, and Jed Riffe, producer
  • 91 minutes

Feb. 22: “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart(2017)

  • Discussant: Dr. Margaret Wilkerson, author of the forthcoming book, “Lorraine Hansberry: Am I a Revolutionary?”
  • 118 minutes

March 1: “Time for Ilhan (2018)

March 8: “Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema(2018)  

March 15: “Saint Judy (2018)

March 22: World Water Day Film: Three Short Films: “Silent River,” “Sea of Troubles and another short film to be announced 

March 29: Armenian Film: To be announced

April 5: “Tia and Piujuq(2018)

April 12: “Violeta Al Fin(2017)

April 19 — Spring break (no screening)

April 26 (5 p.m.): “The Zookeepers Wife (2017)

May 3: “En el Séptimo Día (On the Seventh Day)(2018)

May 10: To be announced

Visit the CineCulture website for more information or contact Dr. Mary Husain, instructor and club adviser.