This summer, from June 1-7 in Albuquerque, don’t miss the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience (AMFE). This festival is a socially conscious and impactful event, representing creativity and achievement in film, music, arts and entertainment. This year’s festival showcases dozens of films, including documentaries and more. Check out this list of the movies you shouldn’t miss.
Dancing in Jaffa
This documentary tells the story of renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine, who takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to Jaffa, the city he was born in. There, he teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israelis to dance and compete together. In a city where religion tears things apart, can dance mend those wounds?
Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi
This film tells the story of Sunil Tripathi, who, while in the throes of depression, walked out of his Providence apartment and disappeared into the cold Rhode Island night. Four weeks later, his photo makes the rounds on social media and news broadcasts, pinning him as “suspect 2” in the Boston Marathon bombings. The film tells the story of how journalists and the media searched for both him and the overall truth.
Its full title is 24 Days: The True Story of the Ilan Halimi Affair, and this film tells the story of Ilan Halimi. Halimi is kidnapped for ransom because he is Jewish and supposedly rich, and then his family and police have to race against time to save him from being tortured by “the gang of barbarians.” The film is based on a true story that happened in France in 1986.
I Love Kuduro
This film explores Kuduro, an urban cultural movement that was created in Angola during the last decade of the country’s 30-year civil war. The movement, blending House music and techno beats with traditional Angolan rhythms, is becoming popular around the world. This movie follows the most idolized stars of the movement, including Cabo Snoop, Os Namayer, Francis Boy, Titica, and Os Lambas.
This documentary tells the history of delicatessens in the United States, and features Ziggy Gruber (of Houston, TX’s Kenny & Ziggy’s, though his name is really David Gruber, and he is a professionally-trained chef), Larry King, and Jerry Stiller. David/Ziggy is a 3rd generation deli man, and the documentary presents the story and sociology of delis, and includes brief interviews with owners, patrons, and a waiter.
These are just a few of the films being shown at the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience, and in addition to films being shown, there are also sessions of morning yoga, a flamenco performance, after parties, and panels about different aspects of the film industry and movie making.
While you’re in ABQ, make time to enjoy some of the local scenery as well as the local restaurants, popular for their unique takes on New Mexican cuisine, or check out one of the local malls and shop ’til you drop. This festival is a week long, so you’ll have some downtime when you’re not watching movies to take in the sights and sounds of Albuquerque.
Find out more about the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience here.