Film Line-Up for Fall 2019

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

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

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August 30:Remember Amnesia (2019)  

Discussant: Dr. Ravi Godse MD (Director)

Directed by Indian-American filmmaker and practicing Internal Medicine Physician Dr. Ravi Godse, Remember Amnesia tells the story of widower Jay Singh, a difficult but brilliant US-based physician, who has a terrible accident that robs him of his memory while on a trip to his homeland of India.  As he tries to piece his memory back together, he finds himself falling for the lovely Nina, the local doctor in charge of his care, who tries to help him figure out his true identity.   But there are questions about how Jay was injured, and if his memory loss is real. Everything begins to unravel when his US colleagues hear that his wife’s family thought that his wife was still alive and living with him in America.  This leads the Indian police to think that he is a murderer and it leaves his US colleagues, his Indian doctor Nina, and even he himself asking the following question:  Did he kill his wife or not? In English, Marathi and Hindi with English subtitles. 88 minutes. Film Website:

Sponsor: Peace and Conflict Studies-Gandhi’s Global Legacy International Conference

September 6: The Years of Fierro (2013, recently released)

Discussant: Santiago Esteinou (Director)

The film entitled The Years of Fierro by Mexican director Santiago Esteinou features César Fierro, the oldest Mexican prisoner on death row in the United States, who has been languishing in a Texas prison for almost forty years. César continues to await execution by lethal injection for a murder that evidence shows he did not commit. This documentary is a reflection on justice, imprisonment and brotherly love, through the eyes of César and his bother Sergio.  In Spanish and English with English subtitles. 105 minutes. Only recently released due to pending litigation.

Trailer: THE YEARS OF FIERRO Trailer | Festival 2014

September 13 : A Duel Tale/Hatashiai (2015)

Discussant: Dr. Ed EmanuEl

A Duel Tale by Japanese director Sugita Shigemichi stars Nakadai Tatsuya, one of Japan’s greatest living actor, who gives the performance of a lifetime as Shoji Sanosuke, an elderly samurai forced to pick up his sword to protect those he loves in this adaptation of a popular novel by Fujisawa Shuhei. As a ”Heya-zumi” (essentially a freeloader living off his family) Sanosuke has one last chance to help his grandniece escape an arranged marriage with a cruel samurai. Nakadai proves that he ”still has it,” when fate forces him into a deadly duel. This award winning samurai drama from the pen of noted author Fujisawa Shuhei is a tribute to one of the greatest actors to ever grace the silver screen! In Japanese with English subtitles. 94 minutes.

Sponsor: Center for Creativity and the Arts

September 20: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1983, new release) 

Discussants: Dr. Robert Maldonado and Dr. Adán Ávalos

A new release of a classic film, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez narrates the story of Mexican-American farmer Gregorio Cortez who is forced to flee from the Texas rangers and evades a massive manhunt on horseback for days, after a heated misunderstanding leading to the death of one of their own. Renowned Edward James Olmos is the producer and the star of the film.  Together with director Robert M. Young, a longtime practitioner of socially engaged realism, they created this trailblazing film which became a landmark of Chicano cinema and shed a new light on a historical event that had been enshrined in a corrido folk song. In a shifting perspective between the pursuers and the pursued, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez  is a thrilling chase movie as well as a highly-nuanced procedural that peels away the layers of prejudice and myth surrounding Cortex and uncovers the true story of an ordinary man persecuted by the law and transfigured by legend. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. 106 minutes.

Sponsors: Center for Creativity and the Arts & Arte Américas

September 27: Alternative Facts:The Lies of Executive Order 9066 (2018)  

Discussant: Jon Osaki (Director)

Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 by Japanese-American director Jon Osaki is a documentary about false information and racial politics.  It shows how the infamous Executive Order 9066 was signed and led to the mass incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. The film exposes the lies used to justify the decision and the cover-up that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court.  Alternative Facts also examines how this miscarriage of justice parallels the current climate of fear, targeting of immigrant communities, and similar attempts to abuse the powers of the U.S. government. 65 minutes. Film Website:

Sponsor: Central California Japanese American Citizens League and the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno

October 4: The River and the Wall (2019) 

Discussant: Heather Mackey (Biologist featured in the film)

 Directed by conservation filmmaker Ben Masters, The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1,200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes.  The film emphasizes the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms ahead.  For this film project, Masters recruited NatGeo Explorer Filipe DeAndrade, ornithologist Heather Mackey, river guide Austin Alvarado, and conservationist Jay Kleberg to join him on a two-and-a-half-month journey along the Texas-Mexico border. Together they set to explore these borderlands as well as the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment.  However, as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters. 97 minutes. Trailer: The River and The Wall – Official Trailer

Sponsors: Arte Américas & Department of Political Science

October 11: No Film

October 18: The Price of Free (2018)

Discussant: Derek Doneen (Director)

Hidden inside overcrowded factories around the world, The Price of Free (formerly titled Kailash) by Director Derek Doneen, tells the story of countless children who are forced into slave labor due to rising global demands for cheap goods. With the help of a covert network of informants, Nobel Peace Prize winner and India’s “Children Rights” activist Kailash Satyarthi and his dedicated team carry out daring raids to rescue and rehabilitate imprisoned children. Using hidden cameras and playing the role of buyers at the factory to gain access, we watch Kailash take on one of his most challenging missions to date: finding Sonu, a young boy trafficked to Delhi for work, who has been missing for eight months. Now his father dreams of Sonu coming home. Kailash’s warmth and passion have gained international support for his philosophy that each child should be allowed to embrace their childhood. He gives them support, clothes, medical care and an education. Equal parts harrowing and motivating, first-time filmmaker Derek Doneen pulls us into Kailash’s gripping pursuits and relentless energy to create the change he wants to see. In Hindi and English with English subtitles. 92 minutes. Film website:

Sponsors: Center for Creativity and the Arts

October 25: Short Film Program: Lumpkin GA (2019), Our Country (2017) & Invented Borders    

Discussants: Nicholas Manting Brewer (Lumpkin Director) Emily Grandcolas (Lumpkin Producer) & Mayra Flores (Our Country & Invented Borders Director)

Lumpkin by director Nicholas Manting Brewer, tells the fate of a fading Georgia town, a community that recalls its dark past and faces a grim present.  There, an undocumented immigrant, caught in legal limbo and facing deportation, contemplates his future while at the same time, a massive, private immigration prison generates millions in profits.  Lumpkin, where these stories meet, truly represents the hidden epicenter of America’s immigration crackdown. 39 minutes + behind the scenes collaborative piece. Film website:

Our Country, directed by Mexican-American filmmaker Mayra Flores, is an award winning experimental animated documentary that provides a compelling context and beautifully captures some of the infinite nuances about immigrant families living in the U.S.

Invented Borders, also directed by Mayra Flores, is a fascinating animated and live action video essay on the many facets of today’s emotional immigration debate in America.

Sponsor: The Department of Chicano & Latin American Studies

Nov. 1: : Emma Peeters (2018)

Discussant: Nicole Palo (Director)

The quirky film Emma Peeters by Belgian director and screen-writer Nicole Palo stars renowned French-Canadian actress Monia Chokri as Emma who is about to celebrate her 35th birthday. Emma’s life achievements have thus far been quite unremarkable: she struggled for years without success to become an actress in Paris. Eventually she becomes fixated on this idea: she will commit suicide the following week, on the exact day of her birthday. While preparing for this, she meets Alex Bodart, who works at the funeral home she is consulting.  He is also an amateur filmmaker and offers her to star in a film about her own life. Together they proceed to undertake this bizarre project.  Will she go through with her plan?  This is a wonderful black comedy with an existential and generational crisis filmed through a uniquely whimsical filter. In French with English subtitles. 90 minutes. Film Trailer:

Sponsors: The French Program and the Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures

November 8: Jirga (2018)

Discussant: Amir Shah Talash (Producer & Lead Actor) & Sam Smith (Lead Actor)

Directed by Australian filmmaker Benjamin Gilmour, Jirga is a touching modern morality tale about a former Australian soldier, Mike, who returns to Afghanistan to find and confront the family of a civilian he accidentally killed during the war. Seeking forgiveness, he puts his life in the hands of the traditional village justice system – the Jirga. In Pushto and English with English subtitles. 78 minutes. Film website:

Sponsors: College of Arts & Humanities, Criminology Department: Victimology Option, Alliance for Medical Outreach and Relief (AMOR), San Joaquin College of Law, The French Program and the Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures and Dr. Mehdi Ghajar

November 15: Botero (2018) 

Discussant:Don Millar (Director)

Fernando Botero is one of the world’s most popular living artists, with millions of fans transcending cultures across the globe. While his art is instantly recognizable, the story of how he became “the Maestro” is largely unknown. BOTERO changes that. This beautifully filmed documentary offers an inspiring look at the power of relentless vision, unwavering conviction and a lifetime of discipline. We follow an unknown, self-taught painter from provincial Medellin in 1932, as he propels himself to the pinnacle of the art world. The film brings together the man and his art to capture Botero’s essence–the quiet resolve and strength of character that allowed him to overcome poverty, decades of harsh criticism and the tragic death of his four-year-old son. Never-before-seen moments come to life as his children uncover 50 year-old sketches in a shuttered storage facility, as our cameras go behind the scenes at as how exhibiting his work alongside Pablo Picasso’s, and as the artist takes us on a private tour of his studio. BOTERO weaves together original footage shot in 10 cities across China, Europe, New York and Colombia, with decades of family photos and archival video. Unprecedented access to the artist and his family is combined with a colorful cast of historians, curators and academics to reveal the creativity and convictions at the heart of Fernando Botero. In his sunlit studio, Botero explains that despite the fame, the accolades, and the financial success, he is still learning and discovering, because “my life is to paint.” In English and Spanish with English subtitles.  84 minutes.  Film website: Trailer:

Sponsors: The French Program and the Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures and Center for Creativity and the Arts

November 22: Short Film Program:Life Between Borders, Black Migrants in Mexico, Jamaica y Tamarindo: Afro Tradition in the Heart of Mexico & After La Nopalera

Discussant: Ebony Bailey (Director)

Life Between Borders: Black Migrants in Mexico by Californian filmmaker and Central Valley native, Ebony Bailey discusses the context in which thousands of Haitians seeking entry to the US are now left stranded at the northern Mexico border after a change in immigration policy. But “Black migration” is not new to Mexico, as people from the African Diaspora have lived here for centuries. In Bailey’s short documentary, we meet Haitians stuck at the border as well as Africans in Mexico City and explore Black migration and identity in Mexico.

In Bailey’s second short film, Jamaica y Tamarindo: Afro Tradition in the Heart of Mexico we learn that the Jamaica flower and tamarind are iconic ingredients in Mexico although but their history comes from a place much further away.  To understand this, we meet four people and explore with them what African identity means in the context of Mexico City, an identity that goes beyond the color of one’s skin.

Bailey’s third short documentary After La Nopalera presents daily life in a small village in the state of Morelos in central Mexico after the September 19th, 2017 earthquake as vividly told by a local resident and an earthquake survivor.

Sponsors: Center for Creativity and the Arts, The Africana Studies Program and The Department of Chicano & Latin American Studies

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