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2018 Fall Semester Events


  • Sept. 25/Tues 6pm, USU Ballrom: Visiting MediaMaker and Arts & Lectures Event - Resistance is Life, Presentation by Director Apo Bazidi. Get your tickets here! (free for students)
    From a refugee camp on the Turkish-Syria border, Resistance is Life features the story of 8-year-old Evlin, a Kurdish refugee who embodies the resilience of her community and hometown of Kobane against the occupation of ISIS militants. Told from her perspective, this feature-length, award-winning documentary introduces the many faces of resistance over the course of eight months on both sides of the Turkish-Syrian border and provides an inside look at the extraordinary spirit behind the first major victory against ISIS militants. Director Apo Bazidi, whose films underscore the importance of global cultural interactions, presents the film in person and will host a Q &A. Resistence is Life Website, Facebook, Instagram.
    Supported by the Instructionally Related Activities Fee, Arts & Lectures, and Video in the Community Educational Equity Fund. For information contact:


  • Oct. 2/Tues 5:30-8pm, USU Ballroom: The Global Commitment Committee (GCC) presents the first film of the Global Film Series, "Which Way Home." Free and open to the public. This fall the GCC will screen films centered on the broad topic of children. This first film focuses on children and immigration.  A panel discussion will follow the film. Panel members include Dr. Cynthia Melendrez (Modern Language Studies) and Dr. Antonio De La Garza (Communication). Which Way Home Trailer. For more info contact
  • Oct. 9/Tues 5:30pm, CSUSM Arts Bldg/ARTS 240: Visiting MediaMaker - Short Films from Israel with Israeli Filmmakers Moshe Rosenthal and Eli Rezik in person. Free and open to the public. The Murray Galinson San Diego Israel Initiative is hosting filmmakers, Moshe Rosenthal and Eli Rezik, who will participate in master classes and presentations at universities throughout San Diego during their two-week residency. Six short films that represent a wide variety of socio-cultural topics concerning Israel, including poverty, feminism, gender, and religion, will be shown on the CSUSM campus. Moshe Rosenthal & Eli Rezik. For information contact
  • Oct. 16/Tues 5:30pm, CSUSM Arts Bldg/ARTS 240: Visiting MediaMaker - Singing Our Way to Freedom, Director Paul Espinosa in person. Free and open to the public. Singing Our Way to Freedom is a multilayered look at the life of Chicano musician, composer and community activist, Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez. Borrowing from musical traditions on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, Chunky uses music and humor as powerful weapons in fighting for social justice. From his humble beginnings as a farmworker in rural California to the dramatic moment when he received one of his nation’s highest musical honors at the Library of Congress, this character-driven narrative reminds us that the battle for freedom has to be fought anew by every generation. Supported by Video in the Community Educational Equity Fund, Espinosa productions. For more information contact


  • Nov. 13/Tues 5:30pm, CSUSM Arts Bldg/ARTS 240: Visiting MediaMaker – PACARTS and the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Free and open to the public. The 19th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival (, the largest showcase of Asian cinema in the western United States, invites filmmakers from around the world to present their films and meet San Diego audiences (November 8-17, 2017). One of the esteemed invited filmmakers from the festival will attend CSU San Marcos for a special in-person film presentation. CSUSM MediaMakers and PAC ARTS co-sponsor this one event on the Cal State San Marcos campus. Supported by Video in the Community Educational Equity Fund. For information contact