World Film Fest at Skokie Public Library
Fall 2014

The Library will present another season of critically acclaimed world films, reflective of the diverse culture of Skokie. A short discussion will follow each movie, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, September 8 Bless Me, Ultima

Monday, September 8 at 7:00pm

Cover of Bless Me, UltimaBless Me, Ultima (United States)

Released 2012 – 106 minutes – PG-13 for some violence and sexual references
In English and Spanish with English subtitles

Set in New Mexico during WWII, this coming-of-age story centers on the relationship between Antonio, a young farm boy, and an elderly medicine woman named Ultima. She teaches Antonio about the power of the spiritual world, and also encourages him to challenge authority and question his own destiny. Based on the acclaimed novel by Rudolfo Anaya. Starring Luke Ganalon and Miriam Colon.


  • Imagen Foundation Awards – winner – Best Feature Film, Best Actor/Supporting Actor, Best Actress/Supporting Actress
  • Four Stars - Roger Ebert
  • “A deeply satisfying feat of storytelling” – Kenneth Turan, LA Times
  • “A breath of fresh air” – Leonard Maltin, Reelz Channel
  • “Beautiful, brilliant” – David Morales, Fox

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