You may be familiar with Bernalillo County's 'Movies in the Park' series this summer which features kid-friendly and family-friendly films. However, this particular 'Movies in the Park' series from 'Historic Bridge Mainstreet' also put on by Bernalillo County has a different focus. It features classic and historic films that are rooted in culture, including Hispanic/Chicano culture and/or local history. The New Mexico Film Series is part of the South Valley Mainstreet Initiative which is a "grassroots economic development program that assists communities in revitalizing their traditional neighborhood." They are bringing the NM Film Series to the South Valley so that community can enjoy the historic cultural films where they live.
'The Milagro Beanfield War' will be showing on Saturday, June 19th at the Gateway Park in the South Valley of Albuquerque. The film was filmed here in New Mexico and is a great film about a small but powerful farming community. The next movie in the NM Film Series is 'Salt of the Earth' which will be showing August 16th, also at Gateway Park, 100 Isleta Boulevard SW. 'Salt of the Earth' takes place in a miner's town in New Mexico and highlights the power of women during a miner's strike. The movies begin at dusk, or 8pm as the information indicates. Each of the showings ware free and will have food trucks on site selling food for dinner or snacking. You may take your lawn chairs, blankets or any other comfort items, including food and non-alcoholic drinks. To hear about any possible future showings, check out the South Valley Mainstreet Initiative facebook page to learn more.
Many New Mexicans have seen at least one or both of these movies growing up, especially in school. For many, they have emotional attachment to the movies because of what they represent for our communities. They are stories of our families, of the challenges we went through, the culture we embrace and the pride of our state. If you have not seen either film, this is your perfect chance to do so. It's also a great way to introduce some rich New Mexico history to your children.