Fresno State’s CineCulture film series presents “The Destruction of Memory” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Peters Education Center Auditorium. This film (81 minutes) traces the war against culture and the battle to save it.

Over the past century, cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results across the globe, including Armenia, Germany, Hungary, Bosnia, Mali and more. This war against culture is not over – it is been steadily increasing.

In Syria and Iraq, the “cradle of civilization,” millennia of culture are being destroyed. The push to protect, salvage and rebuild has moved in step with the destruction. Legislation and policy have played a role, but heroic individuals have fought back, risking and losing their lives to protect not just other human beings, but our cultural identity – to save the record of who we are.

Based on the book of the same name by Robert Bevan, “The Destruction of Memory tells the whole story – looking not just at the ongoing actions of Daesh (ISIS) and at other contemporary situations, but revealing the decisions of the past that allowed the issue to remain hidden in the shadows for so many years. 

Interviewees in the film include the director-general of UNESCO, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as diverse and distinguished international experts, whose voices combine to address this urgent issue. 

Director Tim Slade will lead the post-screening discussion. Co-sponsors are the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures and Phebe Conley Classics Endowment. INFO: Dr. Mary Husain at or visit the CineCulture website. See original press release.