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Film: Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco
Thursday, February 22 7 pm
A new documentary follows celebrated folklorist Nasario García doing what he loves: wandering through landscape and memory amid the ghost towns of New Mexico’s Río Puerco valley, reviving recuerdos (memories) of his youth when the ranching villages thrived and viejitos (elders) told stories beside a river that once ran. Through interviews with Dr. García, oral histories, archival photos, and footage of the landscape, Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco poses the question: do ruins remember us?
Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series. Filmmaker Shebana Coelho and folklorist and author Nasario García will be present at the screenings of the film to discuss it with the audience. 2017; Shebana Coelho; English; 60 minutes; not rated.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show
Live music by Lone Piñon and Lara Manazanares performing the Indita del Rio Puerco, the original song written for the film.
Bank of American Theatre
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Main: (505) 246-2261
GRACIAS FOR 2017
Thank you, dear friends, for helping us manifest Nasario remembers the Río Puerco with such truth and beauty. We're still in awe of all that came to pass this year - finishing the film, of course, and then, to see it:
Inspired once again, we now plan to go forth and self-distribute the film.
In select locations, we want to link screenings with community sharing/oral history gatherings. As part of the mission of our new project, Faraway is Close, we mean to connect communities & cultures through story, film, song.
We hope to arrange screenings in:
Our vision is to create true and profound encounters with audiences and co-presenting partners, to inspire us all to listen and speak the story only we - only you - can tell.
One good story deserves another…and another…
Thank you! Gracias. Shukriya
Here’s to the adventure of what comes next.
And most of all, dear friends, here’s to you.
We're looking forward to our journeys together.
As always with profound gratitude
Shebana Coelho, director
and the team at Nasario remembers the Río Puerco
Last April, Iren Schio and David Fant - friends of our film who felt so inspired by the Rio Puerco and Nasario's stories - led the students of Santa Fe's Little Earth School in art and song projects!
Iren helped the students create dioramas from word images (by Nasario ) - using soil, rocks and plant fragments from the Río Puerco Valley and incorporating drawings, paintings and clay to make his memories come alive through each creation .
Dave (aka Cowboy Blue) created a song inspired by Nasario - he and the children performed it for Nasario. Olé.
These are the kinds of beautiful evocative arts and humanities interplay that we hope to encourage and inspire in more workshops, more gatherings, to bring out what happens when you encounter the stories that speak or sing to you!
A big THANKS to Iren, David, and the Little Earth School students and teachers and principal, Ellen Souberman
MORE ABOUT IREN AND DAVID HERE
ABOUT LITTLE EARTH SCHOOL
So much news to share. So much to be thankful for, this November
ABRAZOS and GRATITUDE - Happy Thanksgiving!
Shebana and the team at Nasario remembers the Río Puerco
What a beautiful series of screenings in Capileira. It went like this.
Alicia and I walked around the town the day before, greeting people here and there - and putting up posters where you put up posters - everyone knew about it - it was lovely to hear - a bit like town criers!
And people came. Carmen emceed. I said a few words. Cristina and Paula of Flamenco La Fuente danced and took us into the frequency of feeling that starts the film. (see a short video on their FB page here)
And folks watched the movie and they liked it, they really loved it. Thy spoke of so much in common, the old stories of living on the land, the Era of there and here, the place where they winnowed wheat, the absorption with water, (pun intended), the songs, the dwindling of stories, the leaving of younger folks for the cities. They spoke of the tenderness of the stories, of hearing Nasario in Spanish and how moving that this was the first screening in Spain.
Toñi and Luisa shared a message for Nasario in Spanish. Alicia shared some thoughts about the screenings in English - what made it a good fit for Capileira, her summary of the reactions...
Interview with Alicia Perez Padron
I shared with Fernando, the lieutenant mayor, Nasario's children's book, Grandma Lale's Tamales, which will live in the Capileira Library. And Alicia poured the wine and we kept on talking...And so it went...
Muchas Gracias, Capileira. A big THANKS to everyone, especially Alicia Perez Padron, Carmen, Flamenco La Fuente, and of course the Ayuntamiento de Caplieira.
Next stop - Granada proper...where we will discuss the possibility of more screenings next year, all over Andalucia = here is where the story began after all - check out our SPAIN TRAILER AND WEBSITE AS WE PREPARE these next steps: www.nasariorecuerda.com
...after seeing the film...
THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSES
My appreciation to you for airing the program on the Rio Puerco. The photography was beautiful and the Nasario reminiscents were invaluable, both of the past and present. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Every story shared was like the many water drops of the Rio Puerco flowing again through the Arroyo a day of rain. Each story like a little Rosary pearl of wisdom. It felt so nourishing for the soul.
I’ve hardly ever loved anything as much as watching you in the Rio Puerto Valley tonight on PBS. You took us back to a universal place that was all yours and somehow ours at the very same time. Truly marvelous.
What we witnessed last eve at the museo was really very, very, very, very, very outstanding. That was Academy Award work we saw!...It was so well-done in every respect. A real gem...
You and your story inspire me! What a beautiful way to tell the story with the music and scenery… it is magical!
Watching your documentary, OMG. I can't hold back the tears..........you have brought back so many memories.
I am still sitting here rethinking parts of it that were so captivating..allowing me to cry for the simple beauty of a time and place that left it’s mark on this land and it’s people. Thank you for capturing so well the bittersweet journey that Nasario takes us on that reflects and embodies so beautifully the heart touching legacy of his family of ancestors and their spiritual connection to the land and one another.
Your film...peeled away the years for me. I was at my grandmother's knee again, hearing her stories, the scents in her tiny kitchen in small town Iowa. My grandfather sitting on the porch... A time and place long gone, but alive in my soul. Thank you for this gift!
The film is exquisite. I was deeply moved by how well all of you captured a period of time and a group of people I sure wish there were more of around today.
Some of it reminded me of my own mother’s experience, and I thought of her often during the presentation.
Nos alegró muchísimo tu salida en la pantalla grande ¡Ahuuuuuyayayajá!! Fue un placer muy grande ver en vivo todos tus lugares de corazón. Tu querencia entera. Y ahora un estreno en España - fabuloso. Fue toda una inspiración. Los elementos musicales fueron realmente impresionantes también. ¡Ay, ay, ay!
The work is so beautiful. So much poetry, lyricism and pathos. It had a wonderful quietude in its tone...It is a kind of love song to New Mexico.
A lovely thoughtful conversation with Ellen Lockyer on KSFR's Wake Up Call this morning.
Read/LISTEN at KSFR link or below
Thanks to our lovely audiences in ABQ and Santa Fe, October 4 and 5 - so wonderful to share the first preview screenings with you! Next stop, NM PBS, Ch-5, on October 12 at 7pm!