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January 30, 2012
Folk/Art/Cinema Film Series

Works by world cinema’s unsung heroes – offering new perspectives into the arts and cultures of the global community. A collaborative project between the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market and CCA. Curated by Emmy-winning writer-producer Kirk Ellis and CCA Cinematheque Director and Sundance Fellow Jason Silverman, this series of five hosted films explores the enduring spirit and cultural tensions of traditional societies in a changing world.

February 14 • A Separation

image7:30pm. Introduced by Kirk Ellis with special Skype guest, yet to be confirmed

After his wife Simin leaves him, the middle-class Nader hires Razieh, a devout, impoverished woman, to look after his Alzheimer’s-stricken father. But an accident pulls two families into a spiraling, Kafkaesque labyrinth of Iran’s Islamic legal system.

A Separation was this year’s winner of the Golden Globe Award and has been nominated for Best Foreign Film for the 2012 Academy Awards. Writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s masterpiece explores Iranian class conflict, gender inequalities and cultural tensions with subtlety and elegance. By film’s end, you can feel the tragic spiritual condition of an entire society in your bones. (Iran, 2011, 123m, 35mm, Sony Pictures Classics)

April 12 • The Music Room

image7:30 pm. “Showed the world that Ray had great range and talent beyond the naturalism of his first films “¦ his most accomplished film, and many critics still hold it as the director’s masterpiece.” -Turner Classic Movies

Satyajit Ray brilliantly evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat desperately clinging to a fading way of life. His greatest joy-a chamber where he once hosted lavish concerts-has become a shadow of its former vivid self.

Ray’s incandescent depiction of the clash between tradition and modernity-which showcases a generation of India’s most popular musicians and actors-is a defining work by the great Bengali filmmaker. (India, 1958, 99m, 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Archives)

May 10 • Maria Candelaria

image7:30pm. Preceded by an introduction by Mexican film expert Michael Donnelly

The first Mexican film screened at Cannes, where it won the Grand Prize, Emilio Fernandez’s film tells the story of a painting of an indigenous woman (the magnificent Dolores Del Rio) who, we learn in flashback, led a tragic yet intensely romantic life with her lover and supporter (Pedro Armendariz).

Richly nuanced, with brilliant camerawork by the legendary Gabriel Figueroa, the film is a rarely seen classic of world cinema.

(Mexico, 1944, 90m, 35mm print courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art)

June 14 • Where the Stars Meet the Sea + The Little Girl Who Stole the Sun

image7:30 pm. Preceded by a Skype introduction by African film scholar Samba Gadjigo

Left for dead after being born under the curse of an eclipse, a crippled orphan boy grows into a young man of strong will, with supernatural powers.

Raymond Rajaonarivelo’s gorgeous African folktale mixes naturalistic settings and magic realism and puts Madagascar in gorgeous focus (Madagascar, 1996, 77m, digital video courtesy of California Newsreel).

Preceded by THE LITTLE GIRL WHO SOLD THE SUN, Djibril Diop Mambéty’s tale of a young heroine who does her work as a newspaper salesgirl fearlessly and with great heart on Dakar’s sometimes mean streets. (Senegal, 1998, 45m, digital video)

July 7 • Genghis Blues

image5:30 pm. Q&A with producer Adrian Belic by Skype!

“A good-hearted, wonderfully revealing record of an arduous but triumphant journey . . . melds American blues music and Asian chant into a rugged Asian-American fusion.” -New York Times.

One night, Paul Pena-a down-on-his-luck blind bluesman who jammed with T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, and Bonnie Raitt heard a strange sound on his radio. It was throatsinging, from the Republic of Tuva, in the wild country between Siberia and Mongolia.

After teaching himself how to throatsing, Pena was invited to perform at Tuva’s annual national competition. This incredible story of his journey takes us across the globe, introducing us to a man whose insatiable curiosity and deep love of music connects him in the most unlikely places. Winner, Sundance, Florida, San Francisco film festivals. (U.S., 2000, 88m, digital video)

All films will be shown at the CCA Cinematheque, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe. 505.982.1338

Tickets are available for purchase at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

CCA will accept early ticket purchases by phone or in person.

General admission: $9.50 Seniors/students: $8.50 CCA Members and SFIFAM volunteers: $8.00 CCA Senior and Student Members, Children: $7.00

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