Films of New Mexico and the Southwest


The Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies and the Society for Applied Anthropology Present:

Films of New Mexico and the Southwest
Tuesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 20 / 5:30-7:20 pm /

Hotel Albuquerque, Weavers Room Q&A with some of the filmmakers to follow

Desert Rainwater Harvesting
Beverly Singer, 2002 Tuesday, 3/18, 5:30pm
This film documents a youth garden project focused on water conservation and art, co-sponsored with Basia Irland, UNM Professor of Art and conducted at Isleta Pueblo, NM. 24 mins.

Land Water People Time
David Lindblom, Cynthia J. Gomez, Daniel Valerio, 2012 Tuesday, 3/18, 6:00pm
This film is a documentary story about cultural and environmental loss and preservation in present day Northern New Mexico. The creative team traveled ten thousand square miles of Northern New Mexico to meet and interview people, film events and locations to gather 64 stories. A fraction of those stories shape the film Land Water People Time – inviting local and global viewers into some of the worlds, places and cultures that begin to represent the “Land of Enchantment” known as New Mexico. 54 mins.

The Art of Mayordomía
New Mexico Acequia Association, 2013 Tuesday, 3/18, 7:00pm
This collaborative film intertwines excerpts of wisdom from New Mexico’s mayordomos – the managers of communally-managed irrigation ditches, called acequias – with the story of a Jemez Springs mayordoma- in-training following a seasonal calendar of activities and duties. 33 mins. (In English and Spanish with English subtitles)

Frontera! Revolt and Revolution on the Rio Grande
John Jota Leaños, 2014 Thursday, 3/20, 5:30pm
The Pueblo Revolt had to happen. Life was out of balance. Drought, hunger, colonial violence and religious persecution brought indigenous societies of New Mexico to the brink of collapse. The Pueblo people orchestrated the unthinkable: a pan-Indian uprising successfully expelling the Spanish occupiers from the entire Rio Grande region leading to an indigenous cultural and social renaissance. This documentary animation traces the seminal events and colonial entradas that have shaped the deeply contested territories of the US- Mexico borderlands. Native and Chicana narrators recall this living history through memory, play, humor and song. 19 mins.

Return of the Horse
Sharon Eliashar, Leo Hubbard, 2013 Thursday, 3/20, 6:00pm
The modern horse, Equus caballus, is native to North America. It evolved exclusively on this continent and has lived in the Americas hundreds of thousands of years longer than mammals of Euro-Asian ancestry such as the bison, moose and bighorn sheep. After a brief absence of 7000 years (less than one half of one percent of its species age) the North American Horse was returned home by Columbus. Return of the Horse focuses on the sociological, economic and political consequences of the reintroduction of this native wildlife species, and examines the horse’s impact on the European conquest of the Americas, European settlement, and Native American culture. Return of the Horse is thoroughly documented and strikingly beautiful. 61 mins.

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