The Annual ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series

returns in 2022.
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The information below is for the 2019 series

Throughout the month of September the National Hispanic Cultural Center becomes the home of the Free ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series, a part of ¡Globalquerque! 


The following film schedule includes films that will be shown during the free Global Fiesta.

The 7th Annual ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series theme is Immigration – Discrimination – Exploitation, a theme that is torn from today’s headlines from around the world. The films hail from Argentina, Canada, China, France, Italy and Spain.  A screenings are free ticketed event; tickets will be available one hour before the show.

All films are free.  Tickets can be picked up an hour before each screening.  The films are screened in the Bank of America Theatre at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Start time is 7 PM unless otherwise noted below. The screenings take place on September, 4, 12, 19, 21, and 26. (Two films will screen on Sept. 21 as part of the free ¡Globalquerque! daytime Global Fiesta).

The International Cinema Series is presented in partnership with National Hispanic Cultural Center.

2019 ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series Schedule

Wednesday, September 4
8 PM ● Bank of America Theatre ● Free Ticket Event

BLACK IS BELTZA (Spain, 2018)

Presented in partnership with Ciné Magnifico Latinx Film Festival
Director: Fermín Muguruza
Spanish with English subtitles; 87 minutes; Not Rated

















The main event that triggers the storyline of this animated film occurs in October 1965. Pamplona’s troupe of giant figures, a typical sight at the San Fermín festivities, is invited to parade along Fifth Avenue in New York. But not all of them will be allowed to appear: because of racial discrimination and the tense social climate, the two black giants are banned.

Based on this true event, Black Is Beltza tells the story of Manex Unanue, a young Basque responsible for carrying one of the giants. Embarking on a long, unexpected journey, Manex witnesses key events that revolutionized the world in the ’60s: the race riots after the assassination of Malcolm X, the eccentricities of the characters in Andy Warhol’s Factory, the alliance between the Cuban secret service and the Black Panthers, and the proto-hippie psychedelia of the first music festivals.

Thursday, September 12
7 PM Bank of America Theatre ● Free Ticket Event


Director: Jeff Barnaby
English and Mi’kmaq; 88 minutes; Rated R

By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna’s. It also means being at the mercy of Popper, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school. At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her “truancy tax,” keeping her out of St. Dymphna’s. But when Aila’s drug money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila’s world is destroyed. Her only options are to run or fight… and Mi’kmaq don’t run.

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Thursday, September 19
7 PM ●
7 PM ● Bank of America Theatre ● Free Ticket Event

YO, ABOLICIONISTA (Argentina, 2019)
Director: Mariel Rosciano
Spanish with English subtitles; 75 minutes; Not Rated

Yo, Abolicionista focuses on the ten years the director spent working with two plays dealing with prostitution and human trafficking. Traveling around Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Paraguay to present these plays, getting to know the women caught up in these networks, and documenting her reflections from the tours and conversations, reinforced her activism within Argentina’s feminist abolitionist groups. In the film, fiction and reality blend, and the protagonists form a bond so strong that they reinforce and amplify each other’s voices.

Director Mariel Rosciano will be conducting a Q & A after the film!

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Saturday, September 21
12 PM ● Bank of America Theatre ● Free Ticket Event

LE CONCERT (France, 2009)

Director: Radu Mihaileanu
French & Russian with English subtitles; 107 minutes; Rated PG-13

Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov was the conductor of the illustrious Bolshoi orchestra until he was fired for using Jewish musicians. Now he works as a janitor at the Bolshoi and drinks too much. But when he intercepts an invitation for the orchestra to perform at the Chatelet Theater in Paris, he masterminds a plan to gather together his own Bolshoi to go in their place and make a triumphant return to the music scene. With his former Jewish and Gypsy musicians at his side, Andrei sets off for Paris to fulfill his destiny and return to his glory as a great conductor.

Saturday, September 21
2 PM ● Bank of America Theatre ● Free Ticket Event

THE JADE PENDANT (China, 2017)
Director: Po-Chih Leong
English, Mandarin, Chinese with English subtitles; 106 minutes; Not Rated

Fleeing an arranged marriage in China, the independent Peony signs a contract to work as a “flower girl” in America, where she meets Tom, an American Born Chinese cook whose father works on the Transcontinental Railroad. Thwarted by a Hong Kong Triad boss seeking to extend his power into America, theirs is the tale of the first great Chinese immigration to the United States—a story of romance, bigotry, passion, food and a search for everlasting love—set against the largest mass lynching in American history, in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, in 1871.

Thursday, September 26
7 PM ● Bank of America Theatre ● Free Ticket Event

Director: Gianfranco Rosi
Italian with English subtitles; 114 minutes; Not Rated

This searching, Oscar-nominated documentary about the European immigration crisis focuses on the Mediterranean islandof Lampedusa, 150 miles south of Sicily, where thousands of people arrive each year from Africa and the Middle East enroute to the continent. Four hundred thousand have landed on the island over the past two decades; fifteen thousand have died on the way.


Fire at Sea contrasts the daily life of the native islanders, particularly the bucolic childhood of 12-year-old Samuele, with the danger, misery, and death confronting the refugees who attempt to make their way across the Strait of Sicily. Through extended observation rather than narrative explanation, it shows how the normal and mundane can exist side-by-side with the horrific and tragic.


photo by Jade Leyva