On Thursday, April 2, Heaven on Earth Creations and Reel New Mexico will present “An Evening with King and Gandhi.” Documentary film producer Cynthia Lukas (Globalized Soul, Rumi Returning) will be on hand to introduce the acclaimed PBS documentary about Martin Luther King Jr. In Remembrance of Martin. She’ll also screen clips from the upcoming documentary about the final years of Mahatma Gandhi’s life, Gandhi’s Gift. After the films Lukas will lead a discussion about how King’s dream was shaped by Gandhi. Admission is $5. The event will take place starting at 7pm at La Tienda Performance Space at Eldorado in Santa Fe.
Instituto Cervantes is back presenting a series of award-winning contemporary Spanish films at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theatre (1701 Fourth Street SW). First up in April is David Trueba’s comedy-drama Vivir Es Fácil Con Los Ojos Cerrados. Set in Albacete in 1966, the film follows an English teacher and ardent Beatles fan (Javier Cámara) as he goes on a road trip in hopes of meeting John Lennon. The film won six Goya awards (Spain’s Oscars), including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Writing and Best Lead Actor. The film starts at 7pm on Thursday, April 2, and will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. For a complete list of the films screening every Thursday in April, go to albuquerque.cervantes.es.
New Mexico Children Youth and Families and a host of local organizations are sponsoring a screening of the film Everyone’s Business: Protecting Our Children. Our state ranks sixth in the nation for deaths due to child abuse, and this eye-opening documentary hopes to shed light on the issue of child maltreatment. It’s part of a public awareness campaign that includes five solutions that will save millions of dollars and thousands of young lives here in New Mexico. The world premiere of this locally lensed documentary will take place Friday, April 3, starting at 6pm at the KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW). The film will also be broadcast on KOB-4 Tuesday, April 14, at 9pm and on New Mexico’s public television stations throughout April/May. Admission is free. For more info go to kimotickets.com.
Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D has opened at the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater at Albuquerque’s New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (1801 Mountain NW). The film is the latest release from BBC Earth’s popular “Walking With Dinosaurs” series. It was “inspired” by the feature film Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie, a fictional family adventure based on real science that was released in 2013. If 3D dinosaurs aren’t enough to get you in the door, I should mention the film is narrated by everybody’s imaginary British boyfriend Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”). Until Easter Sunday, April 5, the film will play at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Starting April 6, the film will expand to 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. It will play at the theater (alongside other 3D educational films) through Sept. 4. Cost is $10 adults, $8 seniors and $6 children. For more info go to nmnaturalhistory.org.