FRESNO — The silver anniversary screening of a documentary on the life and times of Fresno’s Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author will take place during the first week of the 2017 Lenten Season.
“William Saroyan: The Man, The Writer” will be shown on Sunday, March 5, at the First Armenian Presbyterian Church of Fresno, boyhood congregation of the celebrated author/playwright. The afternoon will begin with a 1 p.m. luncheon and continue with the 2 p.m. screening.
The church is located at 430 South First St. The screening is co-sponsored by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan Fresno Yeprad Lodge and Alidz Oytag.
US Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16), Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig, and Joseph I. Castro, PhD, the eighth president of California State University, Fresno, will be the special guests at the anniversary screening and luncheon.
The deadline for advance tickets is February 19. More information on the film is available at www.SaroyanDocumentaryFilm.com.
First released in April 1991, the documentary highlights Saroyan’s personal life, his essence, character and philosophy, his works, his message to the world, and the undying love and passion he felt for both his native country as an American, and for the country of his forefathers, as an Armenian. Saroyan discusses his cultural heritage and its importance and influence on his becoming a writer. He rejects money, fame and glory and ultimately goes back to his roots and finds his final rest.