Nasario remembers the Río Puerco is a documentary that follows celebrated folklorist Nasario García doing what he loves: wandering through landscape and memory amid the ghosts towns of New Mexico's Rio Puerco valley, reviving recuerdos tales of his youth when the ranching villages thrived and viejitos elders told stories beside a river that once ran. The film is directed by Shebana Coelho, who previously adapted Dr. García’s first book of oral histories into the stage play, When The Stars Trembled in Río Puerco, that was performed in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Using interviews with Dr. García, oral histories, archival photos and footage of the landscape, this hour-long film evokes the stillness and vividness of a tactile past, one that the landscape and the ruins still remember. Our fiscal sponsor is New Mexico Film Foundation.
Dr. Nasario García received a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico for his "unparalleled" work in the "preservation of Hispanic language, culture and folklore in New Mexico."
New Mexico PBS/KNME CH 5 will broadcast the film on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7pm within Hispanic Heritage month. To sign up for DVDs (available November 2017) or book screenings, please email us
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