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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.

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