Film: The Mamboniks

2 pm

Lox and bagels meet salsa and congos in Peabody Award winner Lex Gillespie’s joyous and singular celebration of the Jewish love affair with Latin music and dance, set in New York, Havana, Miami Beach, and the Catskill Mountains. During the 1950s, free-spirited, mostly Jewish dancers from New York City fell head over heels for the mambo, the hot dance from Cuba that became a worldwide sensation. Their love for Latin rhythms earned them a nickname: the “mamboniks.” Now retired, yet still dancing in Florida, a lovable, somewhat zany collection of dancers from the ‘50s share a passion that age has not cooled. With colorful first-person accounts and an infectious Afro-Cuban soundtrack including Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, and “mambo king” Pérez Prado, The Mamboniks explores a largely unexamined and exhilarating aspect of Jewish life and culture, and a time when Jews, Latinos, and African-Americans met on the dance floor, although America was racially segregated and anti-Semitism was commonplace.

2018; Lex Gillespie; English; 89 minutes; not rated.

Following the screening, join us in the lobby outside the theatre to celebrate the film, and the finale of the 6th Annual ABQ Jewish Film Fest, with a “Cuban nosh” provided by La Fonda del Bosque and a cash bar provided by Pop Fizz.

The Jewish Community Center’s 6th Annual ABQ Jewish Film Fest features six recently released film premieres, weaving a colorful tapestry of uniquely Jewish stories that come from around the world. The NHCC is partnering with the JCC on the screenings of Leona (July 20) and The Mamboniks (July 28).

Tickets are being sold by the Jewish Community Center; $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $55 for a full festival pass (6th Annual ABQ Jewish Film Fest)

Film: ¡Las Sandinistas!

7 pm

¡Las Sandinistas! documents a watershed moment in history, when a group of Nicaraguan women shattered barriers to lead rebel troops in battle and reshape their country with landmark social reforms during the 1979 Sandinista Revolution and the ensuing U.S.-backed Contra War, only to face renewed marginalization by their male peers once the wars ended. The film centers on the personal stories of Dora María Téllez, the young medical student who became a key Sandinista general, and four of her revolutionary allies. Now, amid staggering levels of gender violence in Nicaragua, these same women brave the streets once again to lead popular movements for equality and democracy. Presented in partnership with New Mexico PBS as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Jenny Murray.

2018; Jenny Murray; English and Spanish with English subtitles; 60 minutes; not rated.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Film: Leona

7 pm

A universal tale of star-crossed lovers is given a uniquely Mexican twist in writer-director Isaac Cherem’s debut film. Ariela, an independently-minded young artist living with her Syrian-Jewish family in a cloistered Jewish neighborhood in Mexico City, finds herself torn between her family and a forbidden romance with a non-Jewish writer, who shows her a world of possibilities beyond her sheltered life. As their feelings deepen, Ariela must negotiate the labyrinth of familial pressure, religious values and traditions, and her own burgeoning sentiment, finding that there are no easy choices to be made. Bridging the divide between generations and cultures, the film blends romantic comedy with an incisive feminist journey of discovery and self-determination.

2018; Isaac Cherem; Spanish with English subtitles; 95 minutes; not rated (mature content advisory).

The Jewish Community Center’s 6th Annual ABQ Jewish Film Fest features six recently released film premieres, weaving a colorful tapestry of uniquely Jewish stories that come from around the world. The NHCC is partnering with the JCC on the screenings of Leona (July 20) and The Mamboniks (July 28).

Tickets are being sold by the Jewish Community Center; $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $55 for a full festival pass (6th Annual ABQ Jewish Film Fest)

Film: Con el viento/Facing the Wind

7 pm

Con el viento honors the filmmaker’s grandparents’ village, and the disappearance of its culture with their passing, while examining the issue of uprooting in all its complexity. After 20 years away in Buenos Aires, Mónica, a dancer and choreographer, receives a call that her father is dying and must return to the remote village in Burgos, Spain, where she was born. When she arrives, her father has already passed away and her mother asks her to stay and help her sell the family home. As winter sets in—a time of perpetual silence and extreme cold—the mother and daughter, now strangers to each other, seek to reconcile while lacking the words to do so. Presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

2017; Meritxell Colell Aparicio; Spanish with English subtitles; 108 minutes; not rated.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Film: Embrace of the Serpent/El abrazo de la serpiente

7 pm

Filmed almost entirely in black and white in the Amazon jungle, Embrace of the Serpent focuses on the relationship between an Amazonian shaman and two Western scientists over the course of 40 years, and was inspired by the travel journals, written decades apart, of two explorers who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of a sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic plant. In respecting spirituality of place and rules of nature handed down through centuries, it attains, in addition to its extraordinary visual beauty, what has been described as “mystical higher ground.” The third film by director Ciro Guerra, Embrace of the Serpent is the first Colombian film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award, for Best Foreign Language Film. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

2015; Ciro Guerra; Spanish, Huitoto, Latin, Okaina, Portuguese, Tikuna, Wanano, German, English, with English subtitles; 125 minutes; not rated.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Film: En Donde los Bailadores Se Entregan los Corazones

7 pm

Join us for the Albuquerque premiere of Cody Edison’s En Donde los Bailadores Se Entregan los Corazones, a music documentary celebrating the New Mexico string band Lone Piñon. Through relationships with elders, study of archival field recordings, and connections to parallel traditional music and dance revitalization movements in the U.S. and Mexico, Lone Piñon has brought the language of New Mexico traditional music and related regional traditions back onto the modern stage, back onto dance floors, and back into the ears of a young generation. The film debuted at the Cinema on the Bayou festival in Lafayette, LA, where it won the Director’s Choice award.

Lone Piñon will play a short acoustic set before the film, and will join director Cody Edison, visiting from Los Angeles, for a Q&A afterwards.

2019; Cody Edison; English; 41 minutes; not rated.

Free ticketed event; suggested donation $5 to $10

Film: Zoot Suit

7 pm

In Zoot Suit, Luis Valdez weaves a story involving the real-life events of the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial and the subsequent, racially fueled Zoot Suit Riots throughout Los Angeles.  The trial followed the death of José Díaz, found unconscious near the “Sleepy Lagoon” reservoir in 1942, and resulted in the conviction, despite insufficient evidence, of several young Latinos charged with complicity in his murder. The fears and hostilities aroused by its coverage pitted servicemen stationed in Southern California, along with white civilians, against Mexican American and other minority youths. The white antagonists attacked and stripped teenagers and youths who wore zoot suits, with their long jackets and pegged pants, ostensibly because they considered the outfits, which utilized a considerable amount of fabric, unpatriotic during a time when rationing of fabric was required for the war effort.  Set in the barrios of Los Angeles, the film features music by Daniel Valdez and Lalo Guerrero, the “father of Chicano music.” El Pachuco, an idealized Zoot Suiter, serves as narrator as well as the conscience of Henry Reyna, a character inspired by real-life defendant Hank Leyvas. The convictions obtained as a result of the murder trial were reversed on appeal in 1944. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

1981; Luis Valdez; English; 103 minutes; rated R.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

¡RESILIENCIA! The Experience of Jewish Communities in Spain and the Americas: Round Table & Film

7 pm

¡RESILIENCIA! The Experience of Jewish Communities in Spain and the Americas. Organized by Instituto Cervantes,Casa Sefarad@Nahalat Shalom, Festival Djudeo-Espanyol, National Hispanic Cultural Center. In collaboration with Consulate of Mexico, Red de Juderías de España, Diputación of Lleida, Latin American and Iberian Institute at UNM, Consulate General of Israel in Houston, Jewish Federation of New Mexico, Congregation B´Nai Israel, Congregation Albert, ADL Mountain States Region, New Mexico Humanities Council and Century Automotive, a Mapfre Company.

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Film: The Caborca Jew, A Mexican Story

8 pm

A documentary inspired by the narrator’s grandfather, this film tells the real-life story of a Polish immigrant trying to get to the United States to escape both war and poverty, but inadvertently finding himself in Caborca, a small town in Sonora, Mexico. It is a moving and uplifting account of an individual’s strength and commitment to maintain his faith in the face of extraordinary obstacles, including the fact that he is the only Jew in a Catholic community and is unable to speak the language. Ultimately, Don Juan Chait becomes a beloved resident of Caborca. Presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series, as well as ¡RESILIENCIA! The Experience of Jewish Communities in Spain and the Americas. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director David Chait and Dr. Scott Levin, director of the Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region.

2014; David Chait; Spanish with English subtitles; 58 minutes; not rated.

The festival ¡RESILENCIA! The Experience of Jewish Communities in Spain and the Americas, organized by Instituto Cervantes, Casa Sefarad@Nahalat Shalom, Festival Djudeo-Espanyol, and the NHCC, is a week of films, music, food, exhibits, and lectures highlighting the extraordinary journey of the Jewish people to Spanish-speaking countries.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

¡RESILIENCIA! The Experience of Jewish Communities in Spain and the Americas: Double Feature Film Screening

7 pm

¡RESILIENCIA! The Experience of Jewish Communities in Spain and the Americas. Organized by Instituto Cervantes,Casa Sefarad@Nahalat Shalom, Festival Djudeo-Espanyol, National Hispanic Cultural Center. In collaboration with Consulate of Mexico, Red de Juderías de España, Diputación of Lleida, Latin American and Iberian Institute at UNM, Consulate General of Israel in Houston, Jewish Federation of New Mexico, Congregation B´Nai Israel, Congregation Albert, ADL Mountain States Region, New Mexico Humanities Council and Century Automotive, a Mapfre Company.

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