Year-long international film festival opening at Rojo January 29th. It’s free!

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Highland Park’s Rojo will host the first installment of the Alabama International Cinema Tuesday, January 29. Photo for Bham Now

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.

Courtesy Alabama Multicultural Organization

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.”

Birmingham, Coffee Fest, Alabama Coffee Fest, AMOR, Alabama Multicultural Organization, coffee, Cahaba Brewery
Photo courtesy of Alabama Coffee Fest’s Facebook page.

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 French film is playing at Rojo Tuesday, January 29 at 7 PM. (Photo via Amelie)

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)

The lively patio at Rojo restaurant. (Photo via Bham Now)

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)

Cost: Free

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.

Sol Musica performers from left Geni Skendo, Arturo LaCruz, Dave Crenshaw, and Kurt McKinney. Photo by Pamela Buwalda

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

Cost: Free

“If you’re in Birmingham, Alabama, stop by the Rojo. That’s Spanish for red.” – Bob Dylan

Listen to Bob. Head to Rojo.

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