The Cave – Oscar Nominee for Best Feature Documentary

(Film Screening Friday, January 31, 5:30 p.m. Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building)

January 31: The Cave (2019) Oscar Nominee for Best Feature Documentary

Discussant: Kristine Barfod (Producer) and Dr. Ahmad Tarakji (Immediate Past President of Syrian American Medical Society/SAMS)

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Sponsor: Syrian American Medical Society

Feras Fayyad, the first Syrian director nominated for an Oscar for his documentary Last Men in Aleppo (2017), delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war with his powerful new documentary The Cave. For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the “Cave”, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above. Following the women as they contend with daily bombardments, chronic shortages of supplies and the ever-present threat of chemical attacks, The Cave paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity. The hospital featured in the film is sponsored by the Syrian American Medical Society or SAMS. In Arabic and English with English subtitles.  107 minutes.

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). For students entering Fresno State Fall 2018, the course satisfies a university graduation requirement.

CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.

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