Film Line-Up for Spring 2015


Film Screenings Fridays 5:30 p.m. Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building)

*Exceptions noted (Fresno Filmworks at Tower Theater, 815 E. Olive Ave.).

January 23: Gabrielle (2013)

Discussant: Dr. Rose Marie Kuhn

Directed by French Canadian director Louise Archambault, Gabrielle is the story of a young woman with Williams Syndrome whose “joie de vivre” or love of life touches everyone.  Since meeting Martin at the recreation center where they are both choir members, they have become inseparable.  However, because they are “different”, their families are fearful of their blossoming relationship.  As determined as she is, Gabrielle must confront her own limitations in the hope of experiencing a love far from the “ordinary”.  Premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in August 2013, the film received many awards in 2013 including: the Audience Award at the Locarno as well as the Namur Film Festival, two Valois Prizes at the Festival du Film Francophone d’Angouleme, and Best Film and Best Actress Award for Gabrielle Marion-Rivard.  Gabrielle was also selected to represent Canada at the 2014 Oscars for Best Movie in a Foreign Language.  In French with English subtitles.  104 minutes.  Trailer:


*January 29-30: Two Events: Lecture & Film Screening with David Barsamian


Jan. 29: Presentation: “Terrorism, Propaganda & the Media,” Fresno State, Industrial Technology room 101, 3:30 p.m.

Jan. 30: Film Screening: Kasheer: Art Cutlure & the Struggle for Azadi (2014)

Peters Education Center Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.

Kasheer explores the complexities of life in a disputed territory from the point of view of three local artists living in the Kashmir Valley — a conflict zone in the Indian Himalayas on the contested border with Pakistan. A young political cartoonist offers biting satiric commentary on regional politics. A middle-aged artist reflects on his childhood and the tragic changes the local insurgency brought to his neighborhood in abstract ink drawings. An elderly artist’s vibrant spiritual paintings reveal his quest for inner peace in the midst of perpetual social turmoil. Lushly photographed, this observational documentary provides a human perspective, creating space for thoughtful debate amid deeply polarizing politics. 51 minutes.


February 6: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Discussant: Dr. Ed EmanEl

In 2006 Will Smith and his son Jaden co-starred in one of the best films of 2006.  The movie tells the true life story of Chris Gardner, an African American,  who in 1981 was homeless in San Francisco, raising his son as a single father, without a job or a place to live and harassment from the IRS. Faced with this adversity, Gardner, armed only with his superb intelligence, his unwavering dedication as a parent, and his complete faith that hard work and diligence would eventually raise him out of this avalanche of bad fortune, strives to make a success out of his life. This film ends in a wonderful epiphany. The screenplay is written by Seven Conrad based on the best-selling memoir written by Chris Gardner and Quincy Troupe. The film is directed by Gabriele Muccino. Rated PG-14, 117 minutes.


*February 12-13: Filmworks: Oscar Shorts


February 20:  Field of Amapolas (Jardin the Amapolas) (2012)

Discussant:  Maja Zimmermann (Producer)

Emilio and his nine-year-old son are forced to abandon their parcel of land overnight due to threats that they and the locals have been collaborating with the enemy in the guerilla war that has been ravaging rural Colombia for years. A relative helps them relocate and, despite his initial reticence, Emilio ends up working on a poppy plantation. At the heart of the story is Luisa, with whom Emilio’s son shares the secret companionship of a neighborhood dog. Filmed in the south of Colombia, near Melo Guevara’s native Ipiales, this is a film about the plight of innocent civilians displaced by war. Sitting on the fence is not an option and it is almost impossible for them not to get mixed up in illegal activities. However, the final flashback of the children leaves us with an inkling of hope for a better future. In Spanish with English subtitles. 87 minutes.


February 27: Josh/ Against the Grain (2013)

Discussant: Iram Parveen Bilal (Director)

Josh, inspired by true events, is the story of a privileged woman whose life is shattered in a single moment. It is the story of a woman in search for a dangerous truth. It is the story of the biggest challenge to Pakistan’s still reigning feudalism: the country’s youth. The film explores the internal debates the young are struggling with, and how solutions can be attainable if and when they stand united.

Fatima, a committed schoolteacher living the cosmopolitan high life in Karachi, is devastated when her nanny, Nusrat, inexplicably disappears. Though her friends and family beg her not to disturb the status quo and confront the powerful feudals in Nusrat’s village, Fatima travels there to investigate. Josh is a story of hope, of trying, of redemption. It is a story of the youth, of Pakistan, of the pain, the pleasure and the spirit of unity and independence. Ultimately, it is about “never giving up.” 103minutes, rated PG-13.


March 6: Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury (Uma História de Amor e Fúria) (2013)

Discussant: Luiz Bolognesi (Director)

Rio 2096 is an animated film with a graphic novel slant revolving around the love between an immortal hero and Janaína, the woman he has been in love with for 600 years. Luiz Bolognesi has set the story in four phases of Brazil’s history: colonization, slavery, military regime and the future, in 2096, in the midst of wars for water. The film stars the voice talents of Selton Mello and Camila Pitanga as the two main characters. The feature film also counts on the voice of Rodrigo Santoro as an Indian Chief and warrior. 98 minutes. In Portuguese with English subtitles.


*March 13:Filmworks: Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit)


March 20: Oil & Water (2014)  

Discussant: Hugo Lucitante

Oil & Water is the coming of age story of two boys as they each confront one of the world’s worst toxic disasters, the prolonged contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon by Texaco and other oil companies. Hugo comes to America to fight for the survival of his tribe, the Cofán, while David goes to Ecuador to launch the world’s first company to certify oil as “fair trade.” Can Hugo become the leader his tribe so desperately wants him to be? Will David clean up one of the world’s dirtiest industries? This film is an intimate portrait of two young people finding their voices and trying to beat incredible odds. Their journeys lead them to explore what could be a more just future, not just for the people of the Amazon, but for all people around the world born with oil beneath their feet. Eight years in the making Oil & Water is a shocking and inspiring David and Goliath story. 78 minutes.

March 27: (Armenian film: title to be announced)

Discussant: to be announced


March 30- April 3: SPRING BREAK 


*April 10: Filmworks


April 17: The Hunting Ground (2015)

Discussant: Kirby Dick (Director)

From the team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice — despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level. 90 minutes.


April 24: Film title to be announced

Discussant: Richard Falk


Week 15: May 1: The Golden Dream  (La jaula de oro) (2013)

Discussant: to be announced

Juan, Sara and Samuel, all 15 years old, flee from Guatemala towards the USA. On their journey through Mexico they meet Chauk, a Tzotzil Indian who does not speak Spanish and has no official documents. They all believe they will find a better world beyond the USA-Mexico border but they run into a harsh reality. 108 minutes. In Spanish and Tzotzil with English subtitles.


*Week 16: May 8: Filmworks

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