“Bless Me, Ultima,” will show on the Adams State campus this weekend. The event is sponsored by Adams State University and the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.
Based on the controversial novel by acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya, “Bless Me, Ultima,” is a turbulent coming-of-age story about Antonio Marez (Luke Ganalon), a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II. When a mysterious curandera named Ultima (Miriam Colon) comes to live with his family, she teaches him about the power of the spiritual world. As their relationship grows, Antonio begins to question the strict Catholic doctrine that he has been taught by his parents (Dolores Heredia & Benito Martinez). Through a series of mysterious and at times terrifying events Antonio must grapple with questions about his own destiny, the relationship between good vs. evil and ultimately how to reconcile Ultima’s powers with those of the God of his church.
The film, directed by Carl Franklin, will show at 6 p.m. Friday, April 5; noon and 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6; and 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in Carson Auditorium, located in the Adams State Student Union Building. The noon show on Saturday, April 6, will be followed by a discussion panel including community members and faculty. The last showing on Sunday, April 7, will be followed by a free reception.
Tickets are free for AS&F and students, with a valid school I.D., and a recommended $10 donation for community members. The donation supports programs and projects for the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.
For more information visit SdCNHA.org or call 719-376-6760.