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If you’re in need of some cultural inspiration, stop by Rojo Birmingham in Highland Park. The Alabama Multicultural Organization’s year-long international film festival, Alabama International Cinema, kicks off Tuesday, January 29th. No need to register. Bonus: It’s free. Bonus Bonus: Rojo has some of the best tacos around!
Alabama Multicultural Organization
Each month, the Alabama Multicultural Organization (AMOR) will show a film from a different country to raise awareness of other cultures at the folksy (and award-winning!) eatery and bar. (Check out their menu here.) It’s also 10% give back Tuesday at Rojo for WJ Christian K-8 Global Scholars. Cultural AND philanthropic? Sign us up.
The film festival, much like AMOR’s upcoming Coffee Festival February 23, is designed to promote the organization’s goal to support promote art, music, dance, film, theatre and food from different countries around the world in Birmingham.
“We want to make sure that everyone is included and to celebrate diversity in Alabama,” said Robert Hernandez, president of AMOR. “When you think about Birmingham and other cities around Alabama, there is little celebration of other cultures from around the world represented here. We want to educate and celebrate, and the film festival is one great way to do that.”
For the January instillation, AMOR will be showing the French film Amélie.
Set in the streets of Paris, the romantic comedy is about an isolated and shy waitress who works to better the lives of others by random acts of kindness.
The 2001 film was the highest grossing French film to date in America and was named “The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made” by the New York Times. It also has an 89 percent approval rating on *extremely esteemed and critically acclaimed* website Rotten Tomatoes.
The movie is rated R and in French dialogue with English subtitles.
What’s showing in 2019:
January: Amélie (France)
February: The Wave (Germany)
March: City of Gods (Brazil)
April: Selena (USA)
May: Grave of the Fireflies (Japan)
June: Before Night Falls (Cuba)
July: La Dolce Vita (Italy)
August: House of Flying Daggers (China)
September: 3 Idiots (India)
October: Train to Busan (South Korea)
November: Coco (Mexico)
December: Mon Oncle Antoine (Canada)
Alabama International Cinema Details
What: Alabama Multicultural Organization’s Alabama International Cinema
When: Tuesday, January 29 (and every last Tuesday of the month in 2019) Doors open at 6 PM, film starts at 7 PM.
Where: Rojo in Highland Park (2921 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205)
Sol Musica – International Jam Session
If you’re an adventurous musical type, join world-class musical talent at Rojo for Sol Musica. The next event takes place Sunday, February 10 in the Side Room at 6PM.
Each month, Arturo LaCruz brings musicians together, blending World and Afro-Peruvian Sounds, Latin Jazz, bolero/salsa, and Eastern music.
If you’re curious, here’s a taste of Afro-Peruvian music.
Both events are sure to broaden your horizons.
What: Sol Musica
When: Sunday February 10 at 6 PM
Where: Rojo in Highland Park
“If you’re in Birmingham, Alabama, stop by the Rojo. That’s Spanish for red.” – Bob Dylan
Listen to Bob. Head to Rojo.