Upcoming Films

The Unknown Girl


Superb … A deft, meticulous moral drama that has plenty on its mind while telling a taut, stripped-down story.” –Paste

The searing saga of guilt and redemption from acclaimed directors the Dardenne brothers (TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT) begins as a young doctor (Cesar-winning actress Adèle Haenel) allows the door buzzer at the small clinic where she works to go unanswered. It’s only later that she learns that the person ringing was an unidentified African woman found dead shortly after by the side of a road. Consumed by the thought that she is to blame, Jenny embarks on an obsessive crusade to discover the identity of the woman. Shot through with the directors’ low-key suspense and heart-stopping realism, this a both gripping mystery and a profoundly human moral tale. (Belgium, 2017, 113m, IFC Films)

Starts September 22

Farms, Films, Food - Bugs


Invigorating … a thought-provoking doc for adventurous foodies and environmentalists alike” –Hollywood Reporter

Will eating insects save our Earth? Since the UN recommended edible insects as a resource to combat world hunger, they have been heralded for their taste by cooks and gastronomes, for their low ecological impact by environmentalists, and for their nutritional content by public health scientists. It would seem that insects are the new superfood that will fix all our problems of global food security. This documentary follows a project launched by Noma, considered the greatest restaurant on earth, to explore insect cuisine. (Sweden, 2016, 78m)

6:45p Wednesday September 27

Farms, Films, Food - The Economics of Happiness


Many people believe globalization causes more problems than it solves.  Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten and Zac Goldsmith are among the many scholars and activists interviewed in this documentary, which suggests that corporations and global banking are the cause of increased fundamentalism, climate change, species extinction, financial instability and personal stress. At the same time, people around the world are coming together in the hopes of building more human scale, local economies. Shown in conjunction with the Economics of Happiness Conference, taking place October 12-14 in Santa Fe. Visit

7:00p Wednesday September 27



A mind-expanding look behind the bookshelves … a political statement as well as an exciting adventure of the mind … After 50 years on the job, Wiseman is a beloved, reliable observer of American society and democracy. Never talking down to his audience, he rather pulls them up to an intellectual level where other filmmakers fear to go.” –Hollywood Reporter

The legendary Frederick Wiseman takes the audience behind the scenes of one of the greatest knowledge institutions of the world, a place open to everyone and exemplifying the deeply rooted American belief in the individual's right to know and be informed. It’s a long-overdue love letter to that most democratic of American institutions, and the one that most inspires learning, advances knowledge and strengthens communities:: the library. (U.S., 2017, 197m, Zipporah Films)

Starts September 29



Exceptional … a passionate and affecting allegory of Korean-black relations, as well as a heartrending family saga full of sly humor and the weight of responsibility … full of impressive craft and insight.” –The Wrap

In 1992, two Korean-American brothers and director running a shoe store in South Central Los Angeles share a friendship with an 11-year-old black girl who likes hanging out with them. As news of the verdict in the beating case filters down during the day, their livelihood is upended when riots break out and everything they've built in the community is threatened by violence and looting. (U.S., 2017, 94m)

Starts September 29



Special guest Dolores Huerta!

Join the CCA, the New Mexico History Museum, IATSE and Somos un Pueblo Unido in celebrating the life and work of Dolores Huerta with a free community feed, featuring speeches, live music and free food and beverages. 5p-6:30p Thursday, October 5.

Energetic, engaging … celebrates the 86-year-old’s myriad accomplishments (and) an exceptionally eventful, still-active life. ­–Variety
Peter Bratt’s documentary sheds light on New Mexico’s Dolores Huerta, the enigmatic, intensely private founder of the United Farmer Workers, and most important activists in American history still missing from the history books. With unprecedented access, Bratt portrays a heroic and very human woman, whose tireless commitment to the marginalized led her to confront Teamsters on a picket line, and face baton-wielding policemen. Her fearlessness and vision, in partnership with Cesar Chavez, made the world a safer place for workers, particularly Latinos. (U.S., 2017, 95m)

7p Thursday October 5 / Opens Friday October 6

White Sun


Outstanding … skillfully blending intimate human drama with sharp political observations ... sends a powerful message about the need for tolerance.” –Variety

Nepal’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award begins in the wake of a civil war, and follows the rebel fighter Chandra, who returns home to his remote mountain village for the funeral of his father, after nearly a decade away. Traveling with him is a young orphan; another young girl believes the man is his father. Familial and political tensions rise as Chandra and his brother carry their father down the mountain for his cremation ceremonies. Deepak Rauniyar’s film, produced by Danny Glover and shot in the stunning Himalayan range, puts a human face on the day-to-day struggles of reconciliation, and gives a glimpse into the life ways of the indigenous people of Nepal’s high country. (Nepal, 2016, 89m)

Starts October 6

KSFR-FM presents Unlocking the Cage

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Hosted by Jenny Rabinowitz

Thoughtful, compelling and heroic. The film made me proud to be a primate.” –Jon Stewart
After 30 years of struggle, animal rights lawyer Steven Wise and his Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) could make history, with a lawsuit that seeks to transform an animal from a thing with no rights to a person with legal protections, with an initial claim that chimpanzees, whales, dolphins, and elephants have significant capacity. Using writs of habeas corpus (historically used to free humans from unlawful imprisonment), Wise argues on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State. Oscar-nominated filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker (DON’T LOOK BACK, MONTEREY POP, THE WAR ROOM) and Chris Hegedus capture what could be a monumental shift in our culture. (U.S., 2016, 91m)

3p-5:30p Saturday October 7

Santa Fe Institute presents the Interplanetary Film Festival Koyaanisqatsi


Presented by Godfrey Reggio and SFI scholar Chris Kempes

Inspired by tje Hopi word meaning "life out of balance, Godfrey Reggio’s groundbreaking film, featuring a score by Phillip Glass, presents an apocalyptic vision of the collision of two different worlds: urban life and technology versus the environment. Reggio will attend if available; Chris Kempes, SFI Resident Omidyar Fellow will discuss how the film explores natural and human patterns and the current science that addresses these differences. (U.S., 1982, 87m)

7p Saturday, October 14th