The National Hispanic Cultural Center gears up for this year’s ¡Globalquerque! celebration of world music and culture (hitting our city Sept. 20 and 21) with a free international cinema series. Head to the NHCC (1701 Fourth Street SW) this Thursday, Sept. 12, to see the gritty Canadian drama Rhymes for Young Ghouls. The film, screened in English and Mi’kmaq with English subtitles, centers on 15-year-old Aila, who sells weed in order to pay off her local truancy officer and avoid imprisonment in the Indian residential school of St. Dymphna’s. But when her drug money is stolen and her father is sent to prison, the precarious balance of Aila’s world is destroyed. The film starts at 7pm inside the NHCC’s Bank of America Theatre. The film series continues on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7pm with the Argentine film Yo, Abolicionista, which focuses on the 10 years that director Mariel Rosciano spent working on two plays dealing with prostitution and human trafficking in Central and South America. On Saturday, Sept. 21, there’s a double-feature: the Chinese “Western” The Jade Pendant (at noon) and the French symphonic drama Le Concert (at 2pm). The series concludes on Thursday, Sept. 26 with the Italian documentary Fire At Sea, focusing on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa where thousands of refugees arrive each year from Africa and the Middle East. All films are free. Tickets can be picked up at Bank of Albuquerque Theatre box office starting one hour before showtime. Tickets are distributed on a first-come/first-served basis. For more information go to globalquerque.org.
Albuquerque’s Central & Unser Library (8081 Central Ave. NW) celebrates the 50th anniversary of iconic TV cartoon “Scooby Doo” with a day-long movie marathon on Saturday, Sept. 14. Starting at 11:30am it’s the live-action 2002 feature Scooby-Doo, starring Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar and Linda Cardellini. At 1:30pm it’s the brand-new animated feature Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost (which wraps up the unfinished storyline of the short-lived 1985 series “The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo!”). The spooky fun comes to a close at 3:30pm with a screening of the CGI-animated LEGO Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood. During the last movie, audiences are invited to play with LEGOs as well. Admission is free and open to the public.
Vietnam: An Inner View is a “music- and photo-based multimedia documentary” covering one Marine’s firsthand account of the troubled war in Southeast Asia. A snippet of the film—which won Best Documentary at the Oregon Independent Film Festival—will screen as part of the traveling Mindfield Film Festival circuit (hitting Albuquerque’s Guild Cinema on Saturday, Sept. 14). If you want to see the full, 73-minute film, however, you can catch it on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the American Legion Post #13 (1201 Mountain Rd. NE) starting at 3pm. This screening is open to the public. Donations are accepted. For more information go to vietnaminnerview.com.
In conjunction with its current “Drugs: Costs and Consequences” exhibit, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (1801 Mountain Rd. NW) is hosting a screening of the PBS documentary The Medicine in Marijuana. By telling the stories of patients, practitioners and researchers here in New Mexico, the film explores the latest scientific information about what we know and don’t know about marijuana’s use in treating medical conditions such as seizures, cancer, PTSD, epilepsy and chronic pain. The film screens this Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 6:30 to 7:30pm inside the museum’s STEM Lecture Hall. Admission is $8, $7 for museum members and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased in advance by going to nmnaturalhistory.org/events/documentary-medicine-marijuana.