SOFTVENGEANCE

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa

September 19: Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa (2014) 

Discussant: Abby Ginzberg (Director)

Soft Vengeance is a film about Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Shining a spotlight on Albie’s story provides a prism through which to view the challenges faced by those unable to tolerate a society founded on principles of slavery and disempowerment of South Africa’s majority black population. As a young man, Albie defended those committed to ending apartheid in South Africa. For his actions as a lawyer, he was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Cape Town, tortured through sleep deprivation, and forced into exile. In 1988 he was gravely injured in a car bomb set by the South African security forces in Maputo, Mozambique.  This attack cost him his right arm and his sight in one eye, but, miraculously, he survived.  While recovering in a London hospital, he received this note: “Don’t worry, Comrade Albie, we will avenge you.” This led him to wonder: “What kind of country would it be, if it ended up filled with people who were blind and without arms? But if we achieve democracy, freedom and the rule of law, that will be my ‘soft vengeance’.” Returning to South Africa following the release of Nelson Mandela, Albie helped write south Africa’s new Constitution and was later appointed as one of the first eleven judges to the new Constitutional Court, which for the past 20 years has been insuring that the rights of all South Africans are afforded protection. 90 minutes. http://softvengeancefilm.org/MAIN.html

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Fresno Filmworks Presents: “May in the Summer” Film & Discussion at the Tower Theatre

*September 12: Filmworks: May in the Summer (2013)       

Discussant: Cherien Dabis (Director)  

Filmworks presents the multicultural romantic comedy “May in the Summer,” the latest feature from Palestinian American filmmaker Cherien Dabis. The movie, which has charmed festival audiences from Venice to Sundance, tells the story of May, a sophisticated and educated New Yorker who travels to her childhood home of Amman, Jordan for her wedding. Immediately upon returning home — a cosmopolitan Middle Eastern city, still full of natural and spiritual landscapes — the cracks in her seemingly perfect life begin to show. Her Christian mother disapproves of her fiancé Muslim faith, her sisters revert to behaving like rebellious teenagers, and their estranged father attempts to make amends for divorcing their mother for a younger woman. Confronted with the unavoidable wounds of her own family’s long-broken relationships, the fresh culture clash of old-world traditions and modern values leaves May at a crossroads. Written, directed by, and starring Dabis, whose debut feature film “Amreeka” played to international acclaim in 2009. Co-starring Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat, and Bill Pullman.

Tickets cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased by check or cash at the Tower Theatre box office, 815 E. Olive Ave. For more information:

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community, at no charge. CineCulture is also offered as a 3 unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicutlural International (MI).

Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us in advance to your participation.

For more information about CineCulture contact:

Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at mhusain@csufresno.edu

(Club President Tom Boroujeni at farrokh@mail.fresnostate.edu

 

99 minutes, Rated R. Film website: http://www.cohenmedia.net/films/may-in-the-summer

For additional information: http://fresnofilmworks.org/film/may-in-the-summer/

New CineCulture for Fall 2014

Hello everyone and welcome to our new CineCulture for the Fall 2014 Semester. Be sure to subscribe to us, to stay up to date with our screenings. Every Sunday, this home page will be updated with a description a of the film that we’ll be showing on that Friday. You can also find the whole list of films, as well as a little bit more about the club and the class, just click the red hexagon to make the menu visible. We hope that you enjoy this Fall’s film list, and can join us for showings and discussions!

(Late Post) Following the 9th (Last Friday)

CineCulture, together with Filmworks presents: Following the 9th, May 9: TOWER THEATER,

815 E. OLIVE AVENUE, FRESNO

Following the 9th

Post Screening Discussion Circle following the 5:30 featuring Dr. Thomas Loewenheim

(Fresno State Music Professor)

Fresno Filmworks presents the American independent documentary “Following the Ninth:

In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony” at the historic Tower Theatre.The movie,

which was filmed on five continents and in 12 countries, functions as part road trip and part

adventure story. It focuses on four people whose lives have been transformed and repaired by

Beethoven’s liberating and resilient message in his Ninth Symphony–Alle Menschen werden

Bruder, or: All men will be brothers. In addition, the movie explores the worldwide cultural and

political influence of the symphony on past events. (In China’s Tienanmen Square, students

played the Ninth over loudspeakers as the army came in to crush their struggle for freedom in

1989. In Chile, women living under the Pinochet dictatorship sang the Ninth outside torture

prisons, where men inside took hope as they heard the voices. In Japan, the Ninth is performed

hundreds of times each December, often with 10,000 people in the chorus. And in Germany, the

Berlin Wall, a symbol of division and oppression, comes down, as Leonard Bernstein performed

Beethoven’s Ninth as an “Ode To Freedom” in 1989). The Village Voice calls the movie “the

rarest of films: a documentary as ineffable and transformative in its reach as it sets out to be.”

Tickets cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased by check or

cash at the Tower Theatre box office, 815 E. Olive Ave. For more information:

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and

staff, and community, at no charge. CineCulture is also offered as a 3 unit academic course

(MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General

Education Integration Area Multicutlural International (MI).

Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If

you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access

provided, please contact us in advance to your participation.

For more information about CineCulture contact:

Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at mhusain@csufresno.edu

(Club President Tom Boroujeni at farrokh@mail.fresnostate.edu

May 9, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.

May 2: Free Angela & All the Political Prisoners (2012)

Film Screening Friday, May 2, 5:00 p.m. Satellite Student Union

 

May 2:  Free Angela & All the Political Prisoners (2012)    

ImageDiscussant: Dr. Angela Davis

Presentation by Dr. Davis: “A Conversation with Angela Davis: Politics, Prisons, & the Modern Struggle for Equality,” and Q&A

 

Free Angela is a gripping historic account of the events that catapulted a young University of California philosophy professor into a controversial political icon in the turbulent late 1960’s. It’s an edge-of-your seat thriller told for the first time by Angela and others who lived through the events firsthand. The interviews recount the politics that led her to challenge authority and spur a worldwide movement for her freedom that cemented Angela Davis as an iconic symbol of this political and social movement. A candid and powerful account of the tumultuous times and a woman who challenges a society that is afraid of all that she represents. Filled with elements of intrigue, suspense and conspiracies, the film delivers by empowering and inspiring diverse international audiences with its message of hope and redemption. 102 minutes

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh49nbTq268

 

Co-Sponsors: Beth Ann Harnish Lecture Series, Prentice Womack Fund, The Ethics Center, College of Arts & Humanities, The African American Edge Initiative

 

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

 

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 3 unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicultural International (MI).CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.

Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us in advance to your participation.

 

For further information about CineCulture contact:

Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at mhusain@csufresno.edu

(Club President Tom Boroujeni at farrokh@mail.fresnostate.edu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NCQfX3dvMM 

10th Annual Fresno Film Festival April 25-27: TOWER THEATER

CineCulture, together with Filmworks presents: Image 815 E. OLIVE AVENUE, FRESNO

A three-day celebration of cinema from around the world, the 2014 Fresno Film Festival champions the voices of independent, experimental, and multicultural filmmakers. Our 10th anniversary festival, presented at the historic Tower Theatre, will feature seven exclusive programs of award-winning short and feature-length movies from all over the world, including special filmmaker appearances and discussions. We will present 19 films from 11 different countries.

Tickets for individual programs cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors; festival passes cost $45. Tickets and passes can be purchased starting April 7 at the Tower Theatre box office, 815 E. Olive Ave., or online at FresnoFilmworks.org.

2014 Fresno Film Festival lineup

 

For film descriptions: http://fresnofilmworks.org/film/2014-fresno-film-festival/

FRIDAY, APRIL 25
PROGRAM #1 – 7 p.m.
Feature film: The Japanese family drama Like Father, Like Son
With Opening Night Reception to follow

SATURDAY, APRIL 26
PROGRAM #2 – 1 p.m.
Shorts Program #1: Butterfly Dreams, Young Americans, Around the Corner, Families Are Forever, Dance of the Books
With post-screening Discussion Circle (featuring visiting filmmakers)

PROGRAM #3 – 4 p.m.
Feature film: The Australian/Laotian adventure fable The Rocket
Short film: Sinceridad
With post-screening Discussion Circle (featuring anthropologist Dr. Kao-Ly Yang)

PROGRAM #4 – 7:30 p.m.
Feature film: The Palestinian political thriller Omar
Short film: Green Acres

SUNDAY, APRIL 27
PROGRAM #5 – 2 p.m.
Shorts Program #2: The Hero Pose, Park 51, Adonis, Finding Me, Ghosts on the Mountain, Green Acres
With post-screening Discussion Circle (featuring visiting filmmakers)

PROGRAM #6 – 4:30 p.m.
Feature film: The American independent documentary Finding Vivian Maier
Short film: Somehow
With post-screening Discussion Circle (featuring photographer Ryan C. Jones)

PROGRAM #7 – 7:30 p.m.
Feature film: The British dramatic comedy Le Week-End
Short film: Valse
With Festival Awards presentation

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 3 unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicultural International (MI).CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.

Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us in advance to your participation.

 

For further information about CineCulture contact:

Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at mhusain@csufresno.edu

(Club President Tom Boroujeni at farrokh@mail.fresnostate.edu

Himalaya Song (April 4,2014)

Celebrating Earth Day

 

(Film Screening Friday, April 4, 5:30 p.m. Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building)

 

April 4: Himalaya Song

Q& A with Performing Artists: Gingger Shankar, Dave Liang, Mridu Chandra

 

Himalaya Song is an experimental film with live narration and music, offering viewers a unique experience involving the convergence of film, new media technologies and live musical performance. This hybrid narrative multimedia performance uses storytelling, new media, and digital technology to examine the Himalayas as they undergo major environmental and ecological change. It is a vision of the future; a global project created by scholars, artists and animators. Audiences engage in an experience of the Himalayas and climate change through the story of Anya. It had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was chosen as one of the Top 10 Music Films by Rolling Stone Magazine. The performance includes narration and video by Mridu Chandra and musical performances by Gingger Shankar (vocals and double violin) and Dave Liang (keyboards) of the electronic group The Shanghai Restoration Project. http://www.sundance.org/festival/festival-program/himalaya-song/

 

Co-Sponsors: Department of Art & Design, College of Arts & Humanities & Campus as a Living Lab/CSU Chancellor’s Office, Fresno State Sustainability Ambassadors

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA43tFfUKhE 

 

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 3 unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicultural International (MI).CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.

Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us in advance to your participation.

 

For further information about CineCulture contact:

Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at mhusain@csufresno.edu

(Club President Tom Boroujeni at farrokh@mail.fresnostate.edu