The Guild Cinema will show two movies as part of the Before I Die New Mexico Festival: LIVING WHILE DYING and DEFENDING YOUR LIFE.

Thursday, November 1 at 5:00 p.m. | 6:30 p.m. | 8:00 p.m. The documentary LIVING WHILE DYING by Cathy Zheutlin

In a world that sees death as something to vanquish, this 45-minute documentary presents an alternative: people living with terminal illness who greet the inevitable with courage, humor, creativity and acceptance.

Death is a big mystery, yet the outcome is 100% certain and we all will definitely face it one day. Living While Dying offers profound opportunities to uncover value, grace, meaning, and even newfound eloquence in all stages of life. Even physical challenges of chronic illness can move us to a new experience of purpose and connection. Dispelling traditional fears and expectations about death, Living While Dying invites us to reimagine and set the stage for our own inevitable endings.

Check out this preview about the stories told in this film. Learn more at

Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4 at 1:00 p.m. DEFENDING YOUR LIFE

Starring Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep, in this romantic comedy/fantasy, their characters navigate the first week of the afterlife defending their actions on Earth to ascend to a higher plane of existence. Check out this trailer from 1991!

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Regular admission is $8/$5 for seniors. All attendees will be able to register for the Festival prize drawing. The top prize is two full body burial plots in La Puerta Natural Burial Ground in Belen, New Mexico’s first Green Burial Council-certified cemetery.

Location: The Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave. NE, is located in the heart of the historic Nob Hill district of Albuquerque, two blocks west of Carlisle on the north side of the street. An independent and unique movie house, The Guild Cinema features eclectic and independent films, seven days a week. Learn more at