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CineCulture

CineCulture is a film series offered as a 3 unit academic course in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture provides a service to the Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community. Everyone is welcome to attend. CineCulture is also a campus club. CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.

Film Screening Friday, September 19, 5:30 p.m. Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building

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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

Sponsors:
Jewish Studies Certificate Program, Jewish Studies Association, The Ethics Center, Peace and Conflict Studies, The Prentice Womack Fund, & Africana Studies Program

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 more information about CineCulture contact:

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

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