By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act September 17, 2013 at 1:22PM
And finally, audiences interested in seeing Carl Franklin's latest feature film, which saw a limited theatrical release earlier this year, will now be able to do so (assuming you missed its theatrical run).
It's a project we've been following since we first discovered it in late 2010, called Bless Me, Ultima, based on Rudolfo Anaya’s award-winning novel of the same name, which chronicles the turbulent coming-of-age story of Antonio, a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II, and his relationship with Ultima, an elderly medicine woman who helps Antonio navigate the dangerous battle raging in his village, and ultimately helps him discover his own spiritual identity.
Miriam Colon stars as Ultima, while Luke Ganalon plays Antonio.
The film was received mostly well by those critics who saw it. "Magical realism" was one description of it.
The book the film is based on was reportedly banned and burned by several groups, and it ranks highly on the American Library Association's list of banned/challenged books from 2000 to 2009; apparently, many opposed "the profanity and the alternative religious content."
Although the novel is said to be a reading requirement in high schools across the USA.
The independently-released drama is now available on DVD and iTunes, so check it out!
Here's a trailer as a refresher: