Film Line-Up for Fall 2013
CINECULTURE LINEUP: FALL 2013
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.). The Oct. 25 & Nov. 22 film screenings will begin at 5:00 p.m.
August 30: The Other Son (le fils de l’Autre) (2012)
Discussant: Dr. Rose Marie Kuhn
What shapes your identity? Your parents? The place you were born? The values and beliefs you grow up with? And what if you discovered that your parents were not really your parents? That you were switched at birth? That you were brought up in a different culture and religion? How would you react? How would the family you grew up with react? How would your “real” family who brought up the “other son” react? This is precisely the story of The Other Son by French film writer-director Lorraine Lévy. It is the story of two young men – one Israeli, the other Palestinian – accidentally switched at birth and raised on the wrong side of the “struggle.” Their lives are suddenly shattered by this revelation and they and their families are forced to reconsider their identities, their values and beliefs. A box office success in France, this profoundly moving and provocative film received several prizes such as the Prix Cinéma of the Fondation Barrière (2012); the Sakura Grand Prize and Best Director Prize at Tokyo’s International Film Festival (2012). In French, Hebrew and Arabic. 110 minutes. Rated PG-13.
Co-Sponsors: Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures, the French Program, and Middle East Studies Program.
September 6: A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet (2012)
Discussants: Mark Kitchell (Director), and grassroots activists from Kettleman City, Fresno & other valley communities
Premiering in the Central Valley, this film is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world, and in 2013 begins theatrical release as well as educational distribution and use by environmental groups and grassroots activists. Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, the movie chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds. 100 minutes. http://www.afiercegreenfire.com/index.html
Co-Sponsors: Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, El Pueblo Para el Aire y Agua Limpia/People for Clean Air and Water of Kettleman City, Central California Environmental Justice Network, Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, Fresno Brown Berets, Fresno Center for Nonviolence, Fresno Metro Ministry, Peace Fresno, Reedley Peace Center, Sierra Club Tehipite Chapter & Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
*September 13: Filmworks: Museum Hours (2013)
Filmworks presents the Austrian drama that Indiewire calls a “contemplative look at the transformative ability of all art.” Directed by innovative urban filmmaker Jem Cohen, the movie takes an introspective look at two adrift strangers who find refuge in each other at Vienna’s famed Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Johann, a museum guard, spends his days silently observing both the art and the visitors. Anne, suddenly called to see an ailing relative, has been wandering the city in a daze. A chance meeting sparks a deepening connection that draws the pair through the halls of the museum – featuring 16th Century Flemish Renaissance portraits and landscapes by painter Pieter Brueghel – and out into the streets together. The exquisitely photographed film invites viewers to meditate on the richness of friendship, explore an unseen Vienna, and reflect on the power of art to shape human experience. Starring Mary Margaret O’Hara and Bobby Sommer. In German and English, with English subtitles. 107 minutes, Not rated. http://fresnofilmworks.org/film/museum-hours/
Screening Sponsor: Fresno Art Museum
After the 5:30 show, join Dr. Rose Marie Kuhn to talk about the film. Discussion moderated by Filmworks board member Dr. Mary Husain.
September 20: La Americana (2008)
Discussant: Nicholas Bruckman (Director)
When nine-year-old Carla suffers a life-threatening accident, her mother, Carmen, must leave her behind to make the dangerous and illegal journey from Bolivia to the U.S., where she hopes to earn enough to save her daughter’s life. Working in New York to support Carla’s medical needs, Carmen struggles to legalize her immigration status, and wrestles with the prospect of never seeing her daughter again. But then, after six years of separation, Congress proposes “amnesty” legislation that could allow Carmen and Carla to be reunited at last. Filmed across three countries in a heart-breaking cinematic journey, La Americana is Carmen’s story, and the story of millions of illegal immigrants who make the difficult decision to leave their families behind to pursue the elusive American dream. In English and Spanish, with English subtitles. 65 minutes
Co-Sponsor: Chicano Latin America Studies Department
October 4: Where Should the Birds Fly (2012)
Discussant: Fida Qishta (Director)
The film documents the separate stories and shared experience of two women in Gaza. It opens by briefly introducing us two the two major characters — Mona Al Samouni and Fida Qishta. Mona Al Samouni is an 11 year old girl and Fida Qishta, the filmmaker, is a Gazan videographer, teacher, and human rights worker. Born and raised in Gaza, she began her filmmaking career as a wedding videographer and soon moved on to working with international human rights observers in Gaza, documenting day to day life. Fida’s coverage of the late 2008 to early 2009 military attack on Gaza leads us directly into little Mona’s story and her attempt to make sense of her experience. The film ends with little Mona’s hopes for a better future, and her wishes to tell the world about life in Gaza. While the film visually tells the story of the efforts of Gazans to live and work under conditions of siege, it is also about the struggle of Fida the film maker and 11-year old Mona to maintain humanity, humor and hope, and to find some sense of normality. Through the lens of the camera we see the many sides of Gaza — the border, the lives of farmers and fishermen, the impact of military attack, and the effort to pick up shattered lives and their dignity as human beings. 58 minutes.
Co-Sponsor: Middle East Studies Program
October 11: Filmworks: 20 Feet From Stardom (2013)
October 18: Dirty Wars (2013)
Discussant: Dr. Anthony Arnove (Producer)
Dirty Wars follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill into the heart of America’s covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond. Part political thriller and part detective story, Dirty Wars is a gripping journey into one of the most important and underreported stories of our time. What begins as a report into a U.S. night raid gone terribly wrong in a remote corner of Afghanistan quickly turns into a global investigation of the secretive and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). As Scahill digs deeper into the activities of JSOC, he is pulled into a world of covert operations unknown to the public and carried out across the globe by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. In military jargon, JSOC teams “find, fix, and finish” their targets, who are selected through a secret process. No target is off limits for the “kill list,” including U.S. citizens. Drawn into the stories and lives of the people he meets along the way, Scahill is forced to confront the painful consequences of a war spinning out of control, as well as his own role as a journalist. We encounter two parallel casts of characters. The CIA agents, Special Forces operators, military generals, and U.S.-backed warlords who populate the dark side of American wars go on camera and on the record, some for the first time. We also see and hear directly from survivors of night raids and drone strikes, including the family of the first American citizen marked for death and being hunted by his own government. Dirty Wars takes viewers to remote corners of the globe to see first-hand wars fought in their name and offers a behind-the-scenes look at a high-stakes investigation. We are left with haunting questions about freedom and democracy, war and justice. 87 minutes. http://dirtywars.org/
Co-Sponsors: Middle East Studies Program & Center for Creativity and the Arts
October 25: Rear Window (1954)
(Note: the Nov. 25 screening will start at 5p.m.)
Discussant: Dr. Tania Modleski
None of Hitchcock’s films has ever given a clearer view of his genius for suspense than Rear Window. When professional photographer J.B. “Jeff Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsesses with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard. When he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife, Jeffries enlists the help of his glamorous socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to investigate the highly suspicious chain of events…Events that ultimately lead to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in all of film history. 115 minutes.
Co-Sponsor: History Department
November 1: Latin Film Festival: Films to be Announced
Co-Sponsor: Chicano Latin America Studies Department
November 8: FilmWorks: To be Annnounced
November 15: Latin Film Festival: Films to be Announced
Co-Sponsor: Chicano Latin America Studies Department
*November 22: A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
(Note: the Nov. 22 screening will start at 5 p.m.)
Discussants: Thomas Ellis & Kathleen McKinley
Celebrating the human spirit, this film features an electrifying performance by Sidney Poitier. The Younger family, frustrated with living in their crowded Chicago apartment, sees the arrival of a $10,000 insurance check as the answer to their prayers. Matriarch Lena Younger promptly puts down a down payment on a house in an all-white suburban neighborhood. But the family is divided when Lena entrusts the balance of the money to her mercurial son Walter, against the wishes of her daughter and daughter-in-law. It takes the strength and integrity of this family to battle against generations of prejudice to try to achieve the American Dream. 128 minutes.
Co-Sponsor: Theater Department
December 6: I am David (2003)
Discussant: Dr. Ed EmauEl
When a society makes war on children, that society is doomed to self-destruct. I Am David is a film that surprisingly discovers a small instance of humanity in the otherwise inhuman existence within a Cold War concentration camp. The child is, David. He is alone in a strange world that he neither trusts nor understands. David’s entire twelve-year life has been spent in a grisly prison camp in Eastern Europe. He knows nothing of the outside world. But when he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it. With his vengeful enemies hot on his heels, David struggles to cope in this strange new world, where his only resources are a compass, a few crusts of bread, his two aching feet, and some vague advice to seek refuge in Denmark. Is that enough to survive? 84 minutes. Rated PG.
December 13: Filmworks: To be Announced