Fresno State’s CineCulture ( film series presents three events related to the film “In Our Son’s Name” Sept. 15 and 16.

  • Lecture – “Conversations with Gayla Jamison and Nancy Meyer,” 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Fresno State’s McLane Hall Room 121. Jamison is director of “In Our Son’s Name.” Meyer is a member of September 11 – Families for Peaceful Tomorrows (
  • Lecture – “Finding Unity in Diversity, Strength in Understanding and Love Amid Loss” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Unity of Fresno, 315 W. Shields Ave.
  • Screening – “In Our Son’s Name,” 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Peter’s Education Center Auditorium, west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building. Discussant: Director Gayla Jamison.

In Our Son’s Name” ( is an intimate portrait of Phyllis and Orlando Rodríguez, whose son, Greg, dies with thousands of others in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The bereaved parents choose reconciliation and nonviolence over vengeance and begin a transformative journey that both confirms and challenges their convictions.

They speak out against war in Iraq and Afghanistan, publicly oppose the death penalty of avowed 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and befriend his mother. As their search for meaning evolves they speak out against anti-Muslim actions and find peace in working with prison inmates.

Their marriage strengthens, and they reach a deeper understanding of their rebellious son, who had just begun to find his way when his life was cut short. The 64-minute film mixes in-depth interviews with on-location footage and striking archival photographs and video to create a deeply personal story that invites us to re-consider conventional concepts of justice and healing.

These events are co-sponsored by Fresno Center for Non-Violence, Peace Fresno, Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, Wesley United Methodist Social Justice Action Team, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is free on the weekends and after 4 p.m. on Fridays. INFO: Dr. Mary Husain at or visit the CineCulture website. See original press