Film: Bless Me, Ultima

7:00 pm

Rudolfo Anaya’s beloved and iconic Bless Me, Ultima returns to the NHCC with Carl Franklin’s screen adaptation in partnership with the English department of the University of New Mexico. Bless Me, Ultima is set in the 1940s in rural New Mexico, and tells the story of a young boy and the mysterious healer who opens his eyes to the wonders of the spiritual realm. As the entire world is plunged into war and Antonio Marez grapples with the harsh realities all around him, his life is forever changed by the sudden arrival of Ultima, a curandera who inspires him to see the world from a new perspective.

2011; Carl Franklin; English; 102 minutes; rated PG-13.

Reception at 6:00 pm & Pre-film Talk by Dr. Gabriel Meléndez at 6:30 pm.

Free ticketed event. Please make a reservation here, or call the NHCC Welcome Center at 505-724-4771 for assistance.

The Bank of America provides generous support for this film series.

¡Globalquerque!: International Cinema Series: Zombi Child

7:00 pm

Zombi Child is a 2019 French drama film directed by Bertrand Bonello. It is based on the account of the life of a supposed zombified man in Haiti, Clairvius Narcisse. It was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

2019; Written and Directed by Bertrand Bonello; 103 min; French with English subtitles, not rated

Free community event. Please register in advance here:

¡Globalquerque!: International Cinema Series: Sojourns–Episode One: PUULUUP (Estonia/USA)

12:30 pm

“We draw inspiration from Vormsi nights, trams in November, junkies in love, criminals from Odessa and Antonio Vivaldi.” Indeed.

Travel to Estonia and Finland for the first episode of the documentary series ¡Globalquerque! Sojourns: Puuluup! Visit with Ramo Teder and Marko Veisson, a/k/a Puuluup, one of the most delightful and original music discoveries we have come across. Hang out, cook, longboard, shop, drink, record and more with Ramo and Marko and families and friends! Oh! And there will be music, too!

2021; Directed by Tom Frouge; 64 min; Estonia/English, not rated

Free community event. Please register in advance here:

¡Globalquerque!: International Cinema Series: The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

7:00 pm

Single mother Hanna and her four children live in the front-line war zone of Donbas, Ukraine. While the outside world is made up of bombings and chaos, the family is managing to keep their home as a safe haven, full of life and full of light. Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, motivating them to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war. The creative process raises the question of what kind of power the magical world of cinema could have during times of disaster, and how to picture war through fiction. For Hanna and the children, transforming trauma into a work of art is the ultimate way to stay human.

2020; Written and Directed by Iryna Tsilyk; 74 min; Russian, Ukrainian with English subtitles, not rated

Free community event. Please register in advance here:

Albuquerque Film & Music Experience: 10th Anniversary Edition

9:30 am to 10:00 pm Thursday & Friday
10:00 am to 11:00 pm Saturday
9:30 am to 4:30 pm Sunday

The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience celebrate their 10th anniversary at the NHCC with a festival, taking place across Albuquerque, that runs from Tuesday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Sept. 18. The Experience will include a wide variety of short and feature-length narrative and documentary films, music, and animated videos from around the world. In addition, they will present their popular Center Stage Conversations, Master Classes, and their first Pitch Panel.

This anniversary festival will be held in both in-person and on a virtual platform, making the AFME one of the leading film festivals in New Mexico.

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¡Globalquerque!: International Cinema Series: The Square (Sweden)

7:00 pm

A prestigious Stockholm museum’s chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

Respected and contemporary art museum curator Christian, a devoted father of two who is divorced, drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next exhibit is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

2017; Written and Directed by Ruben Östlund; 151 min; Swedish, Danish English, not rated

Free community event. Please register in advance here:

Film: Violeta Went to Heaven (Chile)

5:30 pm to 6:15 pm – Chilean folkloric music performed live
6:15 pm to 6:45 pm – “Violeta Parra in context” historical presentation by Dr. Carson Morris
7:00 pm – Film Screening

Andrés Wood’s Violeta Went to Heaven tells the story of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra, tracing her evolution from impoverished child to international sensation and Chile’s national hero, and interweaving key set pieces from Parra’s life to capture the swirling intensity of her inner contradictions, fallibilities, and passions. Loosely based on Ángel Parra’s memoirs of his mother, the film offers a multi-faceted and lyrical portrayal of an influential figure in world music and complex cultural icon of Chile’s history. Violeta Parra’s revival of Chilean traditional music galvanized a socially and politically committed pan-Latin American folk music movement—“nueva canción“—and became a reference for other Latin American artists committed to their national legacies.

2011; Spanish with English subtitles; 110 minutes; not rated.

Free community event

The Bank of America provides generous support for this film series

Film: Museo

5:00 pm–7:00 pm DJ, cash bar, and food truck
7:00 pm Film Screening

Well into their 30s, Juan and Benjamin can’t seem to finish veterinary school or leave their parents’ homes in Satélite, Mexico City’s version of an American suburb. On a fateful Christmas eve, however, they decide it’s finally time to distinguish themselves by pulling off the most infamous heist of cultural artifacts in all of Mexican history—looting the country’s iconic National Anthropology Museum. Museo Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios features Gael García Bernal, Simon Russell Beale, Lynn Gilmartin, Ilse Salas.

2018; Spanish with English subtitles; Alonso Ruizpalacios Director;

Film Screening Free

Film: Sleep Dealer

5:00 pm–7:00 pm DJ, cash bar, and food truck
5;30 pm–6:30 pm Pre-film museum tours
7:00 pm Film Screening

Join us for pre-film tours of the exhibition, Fronteras del Futuro , then jam to futuristic tunes by DJ Sunai. Cash bar and food truck.

 The place:  Mexico.  The time:  The near future.  The world is divided by closed borders, but connected by a digital network that ties people together around the world.  In Santa Ana del Río, Oaxaca, where a corporation controls the small village’s water supply, Memo Cruz dreams of heading north to a big city where he can work in a high-tech factory.  When his dream becomes a reality, his reality becomes a nightmare of border walls, shanty towns, remote control drones, and security forces searching for “aqua-terrorists.”

2008; United States & Mexico; English; Alex Rivera Director; PG-13

Pre-film tour $3
Film Screening Free

Film: Érase una vez en Venezuela, Congo Mirador

12:00 pm (available for 48 hours)
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In Anabel Rodríguez Ríos’ “reflection of a divided country,” the floating village of Congo Mirador, a short distance from Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo, is seen through the eyes of two women, espousing opposing ideologies, who are still trying to sustain life in a town that is dying from drought, pollution, corruption, and neglect.

2020; Spanish with English subtitles; 99 minutes; rated PG-13.

Free community event

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