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3 Films That Will Make You Laugh, Cry, and Think At The 2015 Dominican Film Festival

The Dominican Film Festival of NYC kicks off this Wednesday, June 24 and runs until the 28. They’ve got shorts, features, and documentaries aimed at celebrating diversity within Dominican culture focusing on honoring Dominican women.

The five-day-festival closes with Yo Soy La Salsa: La Vida de Johnny Pacheco, a documentary on the salsa movement in New York City directed by Manuela Villalona. Check out a few of the other films we’re looking forward to seeing!

This film is set at the beaches of Las Terranas, a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic. Protagonist, Noelí, goes every afternoon along with her boyfriend looking for ways to make money from the tourists who visit there. She eventually develops a steady client, an older French woman whom she travels to Paris with and embarks in an unusual love affair.

Inspired by the 1968 French film, L’etrangere, La Extraña, directed by Cesar Rodriguez, is the story of the owner of a publishing company in Santo Domingo, Jean Louis Caga who is traumatized by his ex-wife’s, Gaia’s accident. He travels to Casa de Campo where he meets a beautiful woman named Rosa and finds himself in a passionate but dangerous scenario.

This film centers around a seventy year old widow, la Doña and young maid, Aridia who live together in a small apartment in the country’s capital, Santo Domingo. The two develop a strong bond, but their relationship displays social class and racial issues that still remain a huge part of the Dominican culture.

Photo: DFFNY

Sand Dollars Brings Issues Plaguing the D.R. to the Forefront

By Bianca Silva

“Dolores de Arena” (“Sand Dollars”) made its premiere at the Dominican Film Festival Wednesday night at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Auditorium in Washington Heights. The film festival, now in its fourth year, kicked off the first of five days where more than 30 films were featured.

“Dolores de Arena” focuses on the relationship between its two protagonists: Anne, played by Geraldine Chaplin and Noemi, played by Yanet Mojica in her acting debut. Noemi is a young woman living in the Dominican Republic where she uses the tourists’ generosity to receive money and other valuables.

Anne has been residing in a hotel in Samana for the past three years where she’s hopelessly in love with Noemi, knowing she won’t fully reciprocate those feelings. The plan of taking Noemi to Paris is thwarted when she gets pregnant, presumably by her boyfriend played by Ricardo Ariel Toribio, who Noemi passes off as her brother.

When it came to portraying the same-sex relationship between the two protagonists, “Dolores de Arena” directors Laura Guzman and Israel Cardenas were careful in approaching it.

“It’s not a film that’s looking to be provocative or collide,” Guzman said. “It’s where love prevails before anything else. People will have an idea of what it’s about but after they see it they’ll say: ‘Oh. Yeah, I liked it.’ ”

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Harlem Pride supports the Dominican Film Festival in New York

New York, May 21, 2014 – The Dominican Film Festival in New York (DFFNY) is grateful to partner with Harlem Pride for the showings of “Ponchao”, “Mala Mala” (The Doll House), and “El Gallo” (The Cock). Harlem Pride has done tremendous amount of work within the community and always strived to raise the gay community to new heights.

DFFNY is beyond excited regarding this partnership. “Ponchao” is a tale of a man who wants to be the best baseball player possible, which he does the extreme to fulfill that dream. Directed by Josh Crook, it is heart-warming comedy and it will ensure to make you laugh, cry and cheer. It will be shown on Thursday, June 19th at 8:00 p.m. in Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).

The closing night is delighted to show two gay films as well. The first film will be “El Gallo” (The Cock) directed by well-known Dominican director, Juan Fernandez. It is an adventure of a man who is deported back to Dominican Republic after serving 25 years in prison where he faced with compelling issues with the locals there. The screening is on Sunday, June 22 at 5:45 p.m. in CUMC.

As the last showing for festival, “Mala Mala” (The Doll House) is a celebration of the transsexual community in Puerto Rico. It witnesses the battles that these unique individuals go through. Directed by Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, the film’s approach is undeniable touching and portrays the fight of the community in an uplifting spirit. It will be shown on Sunday, June 22nd at 8:00 p.m. in CUMC.

The DFFNY is organized by Cine Art Entertainment Productions, in collaboration with Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FGDD), The Global Film Festival of the Dominican Republic and the Dominican Film Commission. It has been sponsored by Columbia University Medical Center, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dominican Republic Tourism Board, The Armory Foundation, Emblem Health, Univision New York, UniMas NewYork, Univision Radio, Delta Air Line, El Diario La Prensa, Latin Trends Magazine, Barcelo Rum, Dyckman Beers, among others.

For more information about screenings or anything festival related, please visit our website at, you will also be able to purchase tickets there.


Correspondencia - Cortometraje

TERCER LUGAR - 4to Festival de Cine Global Dominicano 2011 :
SELECCIÓN OFICIAL - 1er Dominican Film Festival in New York 2011 :
SELECCIÓN OFICIAL - 12th Havana Film Festival In New york :

Guión y Dirección: Franmiris Gómez
Producción: Leidy González
Fotografía: Lisbeth Domínguez
Cámara: Víctor Sepúlveda
AC: Lino Sánchez
Gaffer/Grip: Fidel Susana
PA: César Hernández / Jean Mora
Edición: El buitre

“Dólares de Arena” A Dominican Film Festival Film That Celebrates Lesbian Love

By Johanna Ferreira, Vivala

When it comes to same-sex relationships, Latin America has definitely made strides. Gay marriage has been legalized in countries like Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, and in certain parts of Mexico. But even so, we still don’t see enough of their love stories in film.

“I’m very surprised that this kind of film was included at the Dominican Film Festival and yet so grateful,” said a woman who identified as lesbian in the audience during the Dólares de Arena (Sand Dollars) Q&A session.   

She then thanked co-directors Israel Cárdenas and wife Laura Amelia Guzmán for making Dólares de Arena, a lesbian love story between an older French woman and a young Dominican woman.  

When asked if the film was supposed to highlight the prostitution problem in Dominican Republic, director Cárdenas replied: “Not at all, it’s there. I mean the context is there. This woman comes from Europe and [there are] local people. Of course there is money involved, but it’s not the main issue or subject. It’s about a love story.”

The film which is set in Las Terranas, in the Dominican Republic, was inspired by the book Les dollars des sables written by French author, Jean-Noël Pancrazi. Anne (played by legendary actress Geraldine Chaplin) is an older, wealthy French tourist who’s been living on the island for three years and falls in love with Noelí (played by Janet Mojica) a young, Dominican woman who has been prostituting herself to get by. The two embark in a complex and ambiguous  relationship where they are both aware of the fact that Anne’s money is what has kept them together. But their relationship intensifies after a series of events take place.

Here’s a film that definitely celebrates diversity in the Dominican community, only further proving that these stories are important, relevant, and need to be told.

Photo: DFFNY

News and Events: Weekend June 20-22, 2014

Dominican Culture on the Big Screen

The 3rd Annual Dominican Film Festival has been going since Wednesday. View some of the 40 films through Sunday at the Alumni Auditorium, 650 West 168th St and the Hall of Fame Theater, 216 Fort Washington Ave. The Daily News has more details.

Celebrate the Longest Day of the Year With Free Music

Make Music New York presents concerts all over the city, from street corners to libraries to boat landings, and Harlem is no exception. There are more than 30 free performances happening in our area with music ranging from hip-hop to Latin to rock and, of course, jazz. Check out their map for locations and times.

Look Up!

Make the most of tonight’s brief evening by stargazing. Columbia Astronomy plays a film about space, “Europa Reports,” then invites you to take a look yourself with a telescope. The event starts at 7:30pm at Pupin Hall.

Run Up to New York’s 13th Congressional District Democratic Primary

New York’s 13th Congressional District (map) contains all of Harlem as well as the rest of uptown and a slice of the Bronx. The frontrunners for the Tuesday, June 24, vote are the incumbent, Charles Rangel, New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat, and Reverend Michael Walrond of First Corinthian Baptist Church. Whether or not you are voting, this race has brought out coverage about demographics uptown and Rangel’s 44-year history in Congress that is of interest. Take a look at recent reporting from the Amsterdam News, the New York Times (and here), and WNYC.

If you want to get political this weekend, Mike Walrond hosts a District 13 Takeover on Saturday. Adriano Espaillat’s campaign caravan starts at noon at 135th Street and Broadway and ends at 3pm at 210 Sherman Ave. Also on Saturday, you just might see Charles Rangel dance at his First Day of Summer Flash Mob Dance Party at Harlem Shake, Lenox Avenue at 124th Street, at 4pm.


Morir En Montecristi - Cortometraje

Fernando writes a letter to Manuel in which he reveals his recent experiences and feelings. // Fernando escribe una carta donde revela sus ultimas experiencias y sentimientos a Manuel.

SEGUNDO LUGAR - 4to Festival de Cine Global Dominicano 2011 :

SELECCIÓN OFICIAL - 1er Dominican Film Festival in New York 2011 :

SELECCIÓN OFICIAL - 12th Havana Film Festival In New york :

Guión y Dirección: Joened López
AD: Juleidy Grullón
Producción: Leidy González / Ivette Rodríguez
Asist Producción: Elaine Abud / César Henández
Fotografía: Franmiris Gómez
Cámara: Lisbeth Dominguez
Gaffer/Grip: Fidel Susana
Edición: El buitre