Banned Books to the Big Screen: Bless Me, Ultima

Friday Sep 28, 2018

8081 Central Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87121






the Public Library ABQ-Bernco

Phone: (505)768-4320
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Be a rebel and watch a movie based off a banned book.


It's Banned Books Week! Be a rebel and watch a movie based off a banned book! Bless Me, Ultima (PG-13) - A drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly medicine woman who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village.

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Ban Me Ultima

In honor of Banned Books Week, Albuquerque’s Central & Unser Library (8081 Central Ave. NW) is hosting a free public screening of Bless Me, Ultima as part of its Banned Books to the Big Screen series. This 2013 film, directed by Carl Franklin (Once False Move, Devil In a Blue Dress), is based on Rudolfo Anaya’s 1972 coming-of-age novel of the same name. One of the most acclaimed novels in the Chicano literary canon, the story centers on a young boy growing up in rural New Mexico during World War II whose family takes in an elderly curandera. The book showed up on the “Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” list in 2008 and 2013 and has been removed from countless school curricula over the years—often because the book’s view of traditional indigenous spirituality has been branded as “occultism/satanism” by conservative Christians. In 1981, for example, the Bloomfield School Board in San Juan County, N.M., burned copies of the book. If you wanna be a rebel and watch the movie version, you can do so on Friday, Sept. 28 from 1:30 to 3:30pm.

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