CineCulture and Armenian Studies Program to Feature ‘Aram, Aram’


Aram (John Roohinian), left, with his grandfather (Levon Sharafyan), a shoemaker in Los Angeles

Aram (John Roohinian), left, with his grandfather (Levon Sharafyan), a shoemaker in Los Angeles

CineCulture and Armenian Studies Program to Feature  ‘Aram, Aram’

FRESNO — The CineCulture Series and the Armenian Studies Program at California State University, Fresno, are sponsoring a special screening of “Aram, Aram” at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 28, in the Leon and Pete Peters Educational Auditorium.

The event is the first in the Fall Lecture series of the Armenian Studies Program and is supported by the Leon S. Peters Foundation.

“Aram, Aram” is the first American independent drama to take viewers inside the Armenian Community of Los Angeles. Suddenly uprooted from his home in Beirut, a 12-year-old Armenian boy, Aram, is sent to live with his grandfather in America where he struggles to navigate the clash between old-world values and new-school Armenian identity in Little Armenia.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “First-time writer-director Christopher Chambers has crafted a potent, lovingly detailed evocation of an unfamiliar California subculture. Given the novelty of the setting and the recent reminders of the Armenian genocide, the film deserves to be seen… It packs an emotional punch.”

Chambers is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the American Film Institute.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Free parking is available at any of the adjacent Fresno State parking lots.