Film: Zonazine documental, Para la guerra

12 pm (MST)

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Francisco Marise’s Para la guerra explores the combat memories of Mandarria,” a former Cuban soldier who is searching for the comrades who served in his last command. As Mandarriagoes through a series of exercises from a military manual, the director’s observation of his body and his gestures offers insight into his memories, his solitary life, and the invisible wound he still carries with him, 30 years after his final mission.

Cuba/Spain/Argentina; 2018; Spanish with English subtitles; 65 minutes; not rated.

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Film: Zonazine documental, El cuarto reino: El reino de los plásticos

12 pm (MST)

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El cuarto reino: El reino de los plásticos, by Adán Aliaga and Álex Lora, is set in a can collection and recycling center in a New York City neighborhood. At “Sure We Can,” founded by Basque nun Ana Martínez, homeless people can come to exchange recyclables that they have collected for a few dollars. Through René, an undocumented worker from Mexico who works and sleeps at the center, and the relationships he establishes with his peers, we explore the daily life of this “kingdom of plastics,” and a community that, in the face of its disillusionment with the American dream, transcends this reality to turn “el cuarto reino” into a sometimes surreal planet of its own.

Spain; 2019; Spanish with English subtitles; 82 minutes; rated G.

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Film: Del corto al largo (y viceversa), Antonio Muñoz Molina, el oficio del escritor

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Antonio Muñoz Molina, el oficio del escritor, a documentary produced by María del Puy Alvarado and directed by Álvaro Giménez Sarmiento, is a richly revealing portrait of Andalusian writer and professor Antonio Muñoz Molina. One of the great figures of contemporary literature and a former director of Instituto Cervantes’ New York office, Muñoz Molina has divided his time between Madrid and New York for many years.  

2014; Spanish with English subtitles; 60 minutes; not rated.

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Film: Del corto al largo (y viceversa), Pulse

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María del Puy Alvarado, often collaborating with director Álvaro Giménez Sarmiento, has produced films in a variety of genres. In Pulse, a thriller shot in Madrid but set in the Ukraine in late 2008, the body of 14-year-old Anna Skobalski is found on the outskirts of Kiev.

2013; Spanish with English subtitles; 17 minutes; not rated.

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Film: Del corto al largo (y viceversa), Nos hacemos falta

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In Juanjo Giménez’ first feature film, Nos hacemos falta, a prisoner granted leave to attend his mother’s funeral encounters an old friend, a newly discovered little brother, and a truck with a clandestine cargo. As the assorted characters travel through the desert in this “peculiar road movie,” they discover what unites them, as well as what keeps them apart.

2001; Spanish with English subtitles; 97 minutes; not rated.

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Film: Del corto al largo (y viceversa), Rodilla

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Several of Juanjo Giménez’ short subjects explore the world of soccer, and its emotional impact on fans. In Rodilla, a chance sighting of the legendary player Rodilla working as a cab driver leads a middle-aged man on a search for a missing trading card to settle childhood scores.

2009; Spanish with English subtitles; 16 minutes; not rated.

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Film: Del corto al largo (y viceversa), Marsella

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Belén Macías’ second feature film, Marsella, dramatizes a tug of war between two women, raising the question of who should have custody of a child—the struggling working-class biological mother unable to raise her “properly,” or the wealthy middle-class adoptive mother who can do so. Does having money give one a greater claim on motherhood?

2013; Spanish with English subtitles; 98 minutes; not rated.

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Film: Del corto al largo (y viceversa), Mala espina

12 pm (MST)

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Belén Macías’ second feature film, Marsella, dramatizes a tug of war between two women, raising the question of who should have custody of a child—the struggling working-class biological mother unable to raise her “properly,” or the wealthy middle-class adoptive mother who can do so. Does having money give one a greater claim on motherhood?

2013; Spanish with English subtitles; 98 minutes; not rated.

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Film: Del corto al largo (y viceversa), Asamblea

12 pm (MST)
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Álex Montoya’s first feature film, an adaptation of the play La gente by Juli Disla and Jaume Pérez (who also wrote the screenplay for the film), is a comic look at the decision-making processes of assemblies formed as a result of political movements after 2011. In a last meeting before the summer, Josep wants to move forward on the approval of a plan, while respecting differing ideologies and allowing all members an opportunity to speak. The group’s attempt to reach a unanimous agreement challenges progressive notions of participation.

2019; Spanish with English subtitles; 75 minutes; not rated.

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Desde Mi Balcón / From My Balcony

Desde Mi Balcón / From My Balcony
Bosque Gallery outdoor exhibition space

The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Visual Arts Program, in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque and the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D. C. presents “Desde Mi Balcón/From My Balcony,” a new exhibit on view April 8 through Sept. 10, 2021, in the Bosque Gallery outdoor exhibition space.

This traveling exhibition consists of 28 large-format photographs (80 x 70 centimeters) of day-to-day situations, images that could be seen from windows and balconies, taken by ordinary citizens of Spain last year during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PhotoEspaña, the International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts of Madrid, aware of the role that balconies and windows could play in the early days of a national stay-at-home order, launched a call through social media to Spaniards who wanted to share their images during the quarantine. More than 60,000 submissions were received and the 23rd edition of the festival was inaugurated with exhibitions in 50 cities across Spain.

“No matter where you are from, the images exhibited in ‘Desde Mi Balcón’ draws you in and certainly provide often emotional and humorous reflection on the experiences the world has gone through during the past year or more,” said Tey Marianna Nunn, director of the Art Museum and Visual Arts Program at the NHCC. “They are poignant reminders of the importance of place, communities, family, and connection and all the ways these necessities manifest themselves.”

The original PhotoEspaña call for artists eloquently captured this timely theme: “Windows, balconies function as we have seen throughout art history as a separator between the interior (and personal) space and the outside world. But also as a source of longing and freedom. Confinement and infinity. Immediacy and transience.”

“Quarantine, isolation, and stay-at-home orders vary immensely depending of where home is,” said Josefa González Mariscal, Executive Director of the NHCC. “’Desde Mi Balcón/From My Balcony’ allows us to see how Spain, where the population density is more than 10 times that of New Mexico, experienced the COVID-19 confinement.”

Desde Mi Balcón/From My Balcony” was first on exhibit in the United States on the facade of the Spanish Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Inaugurated this past October, the Bosque Gallery makes use of 730 feet of fencing along the western border of the NHCC campus, facing the Paseo del Bosque Trail, to present exhibitions that rotate among the key program areas of the NHCC – History, Literary Arts, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts – and include topics that support the Center’s mission to preserve, promote, and advance Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities.