General Consul Dominican Republic in NY
Professor at John Jay College/CUNY
This documentary showcase does not pretend to be a socio-political analysis on the immigration of Haitians to Dominican Republic, it is simply a cinematic blueprint with descriptive and peculiar characteristics of a migration with the need to find a proper identity outside of their motherland.
These works, with rich images and diverse stories, represent part of the life and culture of the Haitian immigrants that live in the Dominican Republic. Created by emerging voices with the linguistic and cultural background, these films have considerable differences which are distinguished based on the creativity of each director respectively. These films present the life of heterogeneous group, their realities, dreams and frustrations, and yearnings, within the social dynamic of integration of a painful reality and incredible way of life.
ASSAULT TO FREEDOM (Asalto A La Libertad) – NORTHEAST PREMIERE
Screening: Wednesday, July 26 | 6:00 PM | COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
Followed by “Si Dios Quiere, Yuli” / “God Willing, Yuli” and The Haitian Experience in the Dominican Republic Panel
WATCH TRAILER: https://youtu.be/KTmi7oX9IbU
Director / Direccion: Marcos MorenoThe 6th Annual Dominican Film Festival & The Caribbean Film Academy present
Country / País: Cuba, Dominican Republic, United States Producer / Productor: Marcos Moreno, Ramón García, Jenny Bousquet, Nereyda García Cinematography / Photography: Marcos Moreno Genre / Genero: Documentary Editor / Edición: Marcos Moreno Screenplay/ Guión: Marcos Moreno, Ramón García
Cast / Intérpretes: Antonio Cernicharo, Rafael Contador, Orlando Cordobés, Jose Dans, Fabiola Delgado, Enmanuel Díaz, Adan Flores, Ana García, Ramón García Language/Idioma: Spanish with subtitles in English Year / Año: 2016 Running Time / Duración: 79 min
Director’s Biography Born in Madrid (Spain). Over twenty years of Audiovisual experience. Director, Editor, Producer and Writer in projects such as “Revelados” (TV Serie 2008), “Macho Iberico” (TV Serie 2009), “Guardians of the Temple” (TV Serie 2011), “Cobayas Human Test” (Short Film and TV Series – 2012/2017), “Assault to Freedom” (Documentary 2016) and more than 100 commercials.
SI DIOS QUIERE YULI (GOD WILLING, YULI)
Screening: Wednesday, July 26 | 7:30 PM | COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
Followed by Haitian Experience in the Dominican Republic Panel
Screening: Sunday, July 30 | 5:00PM | COMISIONADO DE CULTURA
For Yuli, a Haitian woman living in the Dominican Republic for more than 35 years, it has been an ongoing struggle to raise her children with dignity as she deals with her precarious immigration status. In the midst of government regularisation, imminent deportation and personal upheaval, the questions arise: What really makes us belong to a place? How are the links between the land and its people made?
Director / Direccion: Jean Jean
Country / País: Dominican Republic, Haiti
Producer / Productor: Quetzalli Malagón
Cinematography / Fotografía: Quetzalli Malagón Genre / Género: Documentary Editor / Edición: Marcos Caraballo Screenplay / Guión: Jean Jean & Rocío Barba
Cast / Intérpretes: Jean Jean Language / Idioma: Spanish, Haitian Creole with subtitles in English Year / Año: 2016 Running Time / Duración: 71 Min
Actor and filmmaker born in Haiti in 1980. He has spent most of his life at the Dominican Republic where he graduated from “The Angel Hache Performance Laboratory” at the National School of Dramatic Arts in 2003. In 2011, he graduated from the Chair of Documentary of the International School of Cinema and Television (San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba). His body of works includes several shorts film among which highlight “Mujer!!!” (2009), selected by The 2nd Caribbean Traveling Exhibition (II Muestra Itinerante del Caribe), and “Lo que Sueñan Las Abejas” (2010), selected by the Beijing Film Schools Festival. He participated in the collective direction of “Lessons in Process” (2011) coordinated by the Canadian Filmmaker Phillip Hoffman. In 2010, he was as well one of the directors of the documentary series “To Be a Human Being.” “God willing, Yuli” is his first feature documentary film, awarded as Best Documentary at Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, Rencontres Cinémas Martinique and Caribbean Tales International Film Festival at Toronto.
— FILMS SCREENING OTHER DAYS —-
HASTA LA RAIZ (Down to the Root) – USA PREMIERE
SCREENING: Thursday, July 27 | 8:00 PM | Columbia University Medical Center
WATCH TRAILER: https://youtu.be/EtGFhBMDRxE
Imagine the country where you were born and raised tell you one day that you do not belong anymore because of your parents’ origins. You’d be forced to deny who you are, to hide your roots, excluded from civil life, and condemned to live in poverty. ‘Down to the Root’ is the story of three women facing this reality in the Dominican Republic where a part of society rejects them while another embraces and fights alongside them on a journey toward the recognition of their rights, and a proud re-encounter with their identity.
Director / Dirección: Juan Carlos González Díaz
Country / País: Dominican Republic, Haiti
Producer / Productor: Patio Común
Cinematography / Fotografía: Fran Afonso, Luz Sosa, Juan Carlos González Díaz
Gender / Género: Documentary Editor / Edición: Juan Carlos González Díaz Screenplay / Guión: Juan Carlos González Díaz Cast / Intérpretes: Ana María Belique, Deisy Toussaint, Virtudes Pérez, Ana Rosa Toussaint Language/Idioma: Spanish, Haitian Creole with subtitles in English Year / Año: 2017 Running Time / Duración: 70 Min
Caracas, 1980). Sociologist, writer and documentary filmmaker. Director and producer of “Mindanao Voices” (2010), he also directed the short documentary series “Microcredit in Iberoamerica” chapters Honduras and El Salvador (2011), selected for the First World Microcredit Summit. His professional work has led him to work in non-governmental organizations in five countries on three continents, generating and supporting processes of strategic communication and advocacy, peace journalism and media analysis.
CITIZENS OF NOWHERE (Ciudadanos de Ninguna Parte) – USA PREMIERE
SCREENING: Saturday, July 29 | 9:00 PM | COMISIONADO DOMINICANO DE CULTURA
September 2013. The Court ruling is reached. Almost a quarter million Dominicans of Haitian descent have just become stateless because of the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal’s decision. Identified as scapegoats for all problems affecting the country, they have lost everything: their rights, their liberty, their identity. Presented as a tale and narrated by Haitian poet and playwright Jean-Claude Martineau, this film takes us to the very heart of the human drama lived by these migrants who have sacrificed everything to follow their dream of freedom.
Director / Direccion: Regis Coussot, Nicolas-Alexandre Tremblay
Country / País: Canada, Dominican Republic
Producer / Productor: Nicolas-Alexandre Tremblay
Cinematography / Fotografia: Nicolas-Alexandre Tremblay Genre / Genero: Documentary Editor / Edición: Regis Coussot, Nicolas-Alexandre Tremblay Screenplay / Guión: Nicolas-Alexandre Tremblay Cast / Intérpretes: Various Language / Idioma: Spanish and Haitian Creole, with English subtitles Year / Año: 2015 Running Time / Duración: 60 Min
Born in France, Régis Coussot also completed degrees in Communications and Journalism in that country. In 2005 he settled in Canada, where his articles and photos started showing up in various Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal newspapers. In 2012, he enrolled in the INIS Documentary Programme to hone his skills as a director. He is the writer, director and editor of the short Hart (2014) and Citizens of Nowhere. After getting his master’s degree in International Relations, Nicolas also underwent training as a cinema technician. In Quebec City, he worked on several productions and more recently, as an independent filmmaker. At the same time, he was involved in various humanitarian projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. Strongly committed, he is interested in issues related to global development and human rights.