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March 2018
María Moliner Tendiendo Palabras poster

Film: María Moliner: Tendiendo Palabras

March 1
Wells Fargo Auditorium
1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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7 pm

Born in Zaragoza, Spain in 1900, María Moliner is known for her great work, the Diccionario de Uso del Español. A librarian and lexicographer, she began compiling the dictionary in 1952, working on it in the morning and evening before and after her regular hours of employment. Moliner’s approach was to look up words, read newspapers, and note words that she had heard in the street, in an effort to create a resource that would be more comprehensive than the dictionary published by the Real Academia Española. To this end, her dictionary, first published in 1966-1967 and republished twice since, contained detailed definitions, synonyms, expressions, and families of words. The film follows the important events in Moliner’s life, highlighting the terms that define them and using the definitions that she herself offers in her work. Presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

2017; Vicky Calavia; Spanish with English subtitles; 70 minutes; rated PG.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

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Film: Chavela

7 pm

Born in Costa Rica to pious parents who were embarrassed by their boyish daughter, Isabel Vargas Lizano ran away to Mexico City to sing on the streets. At the peak of her initial popularity in the 1950s, dressed in a poncho, she interpreted the mournful, yearning repertoire of canción ranchera without altering the female pronouns. Her Madrid concert premiere in the 1990s, following years in rural isolation as an impoverished alcoholic, brought her into contact with Pedro Almodóvar, who helped his “idol” fulfill a dream of performing in Paris. She had just returned to performing when she agreed to a 1991 interview with filmmaker Gund; much of Chavela was filmed in that year. Despite a public persona as “the most macha of the machos,” Vargas was still not entirely comfortable with identifying openly as a lesbian at the time of filming. She ultimately confirmed her sexual orientation in 2000 at the age of 81. Presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

2017; Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi; English; 93 minutes; not rated.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Ella Es el Matador

Film: Ella Es el Matador

7 pm

There is a long and surprising history of women fighting in the Spanish bullring—and fighting to have the chance to do so. Maripaz Vega, a Spaniard, is currently the world’s only professional female matador and is on the verge of achieving top ranking. Eva Florencia, a young runaway from Italy, is a neophyte driven by a childhood dream. Both women must deal with the legacies of sexism in Spanish bullfighting, yet the passions that propel them are similar to those of male bullfighters—a drive to express themselves in a grand and peculiarly Spanish rite that is at once sport, dance, theatre, and blood ritual. Through interviews shot in vérité style interspersed with archival footage, the film offers a window on the highly choreographed and deadly match between bull and human that remains enormously popular in Spain, even as it is reviled by many in an age of animal rights. Presented in partnership with New Mexico PBS as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

2009; Gemma Cubero & Celeste Carrasco; English; 60 minutes; not rated.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Dolores poster

Film: Dolores

7 pm

One of the most important, yet least known activists of our time, Dolores Huerta was an equal partner in founding the first farmworkers’ union with César Chávez. Tirelessly leading the fight for racial and labor justice, Huerta evolved into one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century—and she continues the fight to this day, in her late 80s. Dolores chronicles Huerta’s life from her childhood in Stockton, California to her early years with the United Farm Workers, from her work with the headline-making grape boycott launched in 1965 to her role in the feminist movement of the ’70s, to her continued work as a fearless activist, willing to accept the personal sacrifices involved in committing one’s life to social change. The film features interviews with Gloria Steinem, Luis Valdez, Angela Davis, Hillary Clinton, and Huerta’s children, among others. Presented in partnership with New Mexico PBS as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

2017; Peter Bratt; English; 95 minutes; not rated.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

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Film: The Fight in the Fields: César Chávez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle

7 pm

A documentary recounting the history of César Chávez and the farmworkers’ movement—a story of hope and courage against overwhelming odds, and a story of poor people taking control of their lives. Chávez, the charismatic co-founder, with Dolores Huerta, of the United Farmworkers Union, inspired a nonviolent movement that touched the hearts of millions and confronted both conservative politicians and the powerful Teamsters Union. The Fight in the Fields is the first film to cover the full arc of César Chávez’s life, using archival footage, newsreel, and present-day interviews with Ethel Kennedy, former California Governor Jerry Brown, Dolores Huerta, and Chávez’s brother, sister, son, and daughter. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

1996; Ray Telles & Rick Tejada-Flores; English; 116 minutes; not rated.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

April 2018
The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo

Film: The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo

7 pm

An innovative, genre-defying look at the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author and countercultural icon Oscar Zeta Acosta. Best known for his volatile friendship with legendary journalist-provocateur Hunter S. Thompson, who used him as inspiration for the character Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Acosta was himself the author of two groundbreaking autobiographical novels, The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo and The Revolt of the Cockroach People. His powerful literary voice, brash courtroom style, and notorious revolutionary antics made him a revered figure in the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The film weaves archival footage and images with dramatized portrayals of Acosta, Thompson, and other key figures and moments of the era. Presented in partnership with New Mexico PBS as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.
2018; Philip Rodriguez; English; 57 minutes; not rated (suggested R rating).
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Accompanying the screening will be a discussion by National Hispanic Cultural Center staff about upcoming events and exhibits relating to issues raised by the film, including Because It’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in New Mexico, a forthcoming exhibit in the Center’s Art Museum; the 25th Annual César Chávez Day March and Fiesta, presented in partnership with Albuquerque’s Recuerda a César Chávez Committee; and People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements, a photo exhibit curated by Humans of New Mexico on display in the Center’s History and Literary Arts Building. Refreshments will be served after the film.

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Film: La Novia

7 pm

Based on Federico García Lorca’s play Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding), La Novia, set in Spain in the early decades of the 20th century, is the story of a multi-family, multi-generational blood feud that is about to be settled by a wedding uniting two of the families. But Fate and Death have other plans, as an ill-starred love triangle precipitates an impetuous act, and sets into motion a chain of events that will have devastating consequences. From Instituto Cervantes’ Espacio femenino series; presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.
2015; Directed by Paula Ortiz; Spanish with English subtitles; 93 minutes; not rated (recommended R or PG-13 rating).
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

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Film: Riot Girls: Españolas en corto

7 pm

Four short films curated by the online magazine Cortosfera.es and demonstrating the growing importance of female directors in this genre. From Instituto Cervantes’ Espacio femenino series; presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series; Spanish with English subtitles.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Miss Wamba
A woman tormented by her past meets an old man with whom she immediately connects.
2017; directed by Estefanía Cortés; 17 minutes; not rated.

Oasis
Nieves gets a job as the superintendent of a decaying apartment complex in New York City. But the job becomes more difficult than she anticipated when she discovers a disturbing secret in one of the units.
2014; directed by Carmen Jiménez; 15 minutes; not rated (suggested R rating).

Sara a la fuga
At 15 years old, Sara has been living for some time in a shelter for minors. Although he has promised to go see her, she has not seen her father for years, and has learned the lesson that she is completely alone in the world. Her tutor, Núria, will do everything in her power to help her.
2015; directed by Belén Funes; 15 minutes; not rated (suggested PG-13 rating).

Waste
A small community of young women is subjected to a series of strange rules and rituals, in which a pencil manipulated by the group leader guides the actions of the group. This routine is interrupted by the death of one of the members and the subsequent confrontation of the leader by the victim’s closest friend.
2016; directed by Petra Garmon; 16 minutes; not rated.

May 2018
Requisitos para ser una persona normal poster

Film: Requisitos para ser una persona normal

7 pm

Maria has turned 30 years old, and now she has an immediate goal in life: to become a normal person, rather than the peculiar person she considers herself to be. But first she has to discover what this implies. Is she already a normal person? What, exactly, does it mean to be normal? As she ponders these questions, she creates a list of the requirements, and embarks on a journey to attain them all. From Instituto Cervantes’ Espacio femenino series; presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.
2015; Directed by Leticia Dolera; Spanish with English subtitles; 81 minutes; not rated.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

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Film: Is It Really So Strange?

7 pm

Burgeoning since Morrissey moved to LA, the Latino fan scene is the subject of Is It Really So Strange?, a documentary film by William E. Jones, who immersed himself in fan nights, concerts, and hair grease to record what he found to be a complex world. Embracing teens and twentysomethings from Mexican, Central American, and South American backgrounds, the Latino fan culture is a world away from Morrissey’s UK following, though every bit as fanatical.

That spirit of joyousness appears as much due to cultural heritage as to these fans being a new generation of Morrissey devotees not raised on his miserablist reputation. Mexican American culture is imbued with a devotion to “oldies” from the stage, screen, and stereogram, with the sounds of 1970s soul, doo-wop, and rockabilly long enjoying favor with immigrants to the US. It would seem that Morrissey’s similarity in stage persona to some Mexican pop stars means that he fits right in. His age and status as a Brit in exile also add weight to his popularity. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series. 2004; directed by William E. Jones; English; 81 minutes; not rated.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

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