The Fresno State CineCulture Series kicks off its spring 2018 lineup of film screenings with “Extra-Terrestrials (Extraterrestres)” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. The CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.

First-time director Carla Cavina, of Puerto Rico, will be the discussant for “Extra-Terrestrials.” In the film, main character Teresa could not have chosen a worse time to return to her native Puerto Rico, after an absence of several years, and announce her plans to marry. Her father’s poultry business is the target of both corrupt elements of the Puerto Rican government and the U.S. poultry industry that want to drive it out of business. These two events set off a chain reaction that will either unite or destroy Teresa’s fractious family.

“Extra-Terrestrials explores the sense of being alien and alone on terra firma. In Spanish with English subtitles, the film is an hour and 50 minutes (trailer). “Extra-Terrestrials” is sponsored by the Spanish program, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures and the Department of Communication.

On Feb. 2, CineCulture will present “Columbus,” with producer Andrew Miano as the discussant. “Columbus” is sponsored by Darden Architects.

When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana — a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin’s estranged relationship with his father, and Casey’s reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother.

With its naturalistic rhythms and empathy for the complexities of families, Korean director Kogonada’s debut film “Columbus” unfolds as a gently drifting, deeply absorbing conversation. In English and Korean with English subtitles, the film is an hour and 44 minutes (trailer).

The full spring screening lineup will be announced soon. CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State students, faculty and staff and the community. CineCulture is also offered as a three-unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Media, Communications and Journalism Department.

Most CineCulture screenings are at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays during the spring semester in the Peters Education Center Auditorium (5010 N. Woodrow Ave. in the Student Recreation Center). Some screenings are held with Fresno Filmworks at Tower Theatre (815 E. Olive Ave.).

Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.

For more information, contact Dr. Mary Husain, professor and club adviser, at mhusain@csufresno.edu.