The CineCulture film series continues this weekend with the 2016 Fresno Film Festival Nov. 11-13 at the historic Tower Theatre.

Presented with Fresno Filmworks, the festival features eight exclusive feature-length movies from 15 countries, including special filmmaker appearances, social gatherings, and Q&A discussions.


  • 7 p.m. – “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,”a celebration of the universal power of music, with opening night reception to follow.


  • 11 a.m. – “Heidi,” a new adaptation of the classic story.
  • 2 p.m. – “A Man Called Ove,” the humorous, heartwarming best-selling novel comes to life.
  • 5:45 p.m. – “Sand Storm,” Sundance Award-winning Bedouin family drama.
  • 8 p.m. – “The Carer,” a heartwarming story of an aged actor and his young caretaker bonding over Shakespeare, features Q&A with director János Edelényi.


  • 1 p.m. – “The Olive Tree,” a granddaughter’s quest to save a beloved olive tree.
  • 4 p.m. – “Speed Sisters,” shattering stereotypes, this film is about a Palestinian women race car team.
  • 7 p.m. – “Neruda,” a manhunt for the acclaimed Chilean politician and poet, with a special appearance by U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

Tickets for individual programs cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors; festival passes cost $50. Tickets and passes can be purchased starting soon online and at the Tower Theatre box office, 815 E. Olive Ave.

For more information, contact Dr. Mary Husain, professor and club adviser, at, or visit the CineCulture website.