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The Caribbean Film Series: Cristo Rey

Thu, Dec 3, 2015
  • 7:30PM
RUN TIME: 96min
LANGUAGE: In Spanish and Haitian Creole with English subtitles
MEMBERS: $7 (free for Level 4 and above)
SENIORS/STUDENTS/VETERANS: $10 (Students 29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)
+  Q&A with Leticia Tonos
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Thursday December 03, 2015
Performances no longer available.
Directed by Leticia Tonos | 2013

With James Saintil, Akari Endo, Yasser Michelén, Jaisen Santana, Leonardo Vasquez

Set against the violence and poverty of a shantytown, where undocumented Haitian immigrants clash with Dominicans, this gritty drama follows the struggle between two half brothers over the woman they both love. Haitian-born Janvier takes a job as the bodyguard for Jocelyn, the sister of a powerful kingpin, who he soon discovers dated his Dominican half-brother Rudy. When Rudy learn the two have fallen in love, his plans for revenge threaten disaster for the entire community. A selection at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, this vibrantly shot contemporary update of Romeo and Juliet is a powerful indictment of racism and poverty in the Dominican Republic.

Screens with Martine Jean's Purgatorio (2014) 12min. At the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Rosa Jean-Louis fights for her life and the survival of her child. This film is a depiction of the impact of the Dominican Republic Constitutional Tribunal’s decision of September 2013 on Dominicans of Haitian descent. The ruling rendered thousands stateless. In Spanish with English subtitles.

This screening is part of the Caribbean Film Series, which presents feature films made by Caribbean filmmakers that highlight the richness, uniqueness, and viability of Caribbean cinema to Brooklyn, home to the largest population of Caribbean nationals in the United States, and to all New York City residents and visitors. For more information visit the Caribbean Film Academy website


with Leticia Tonos

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Leticia Tonos, moderated by Michèle Stephenson, co-director of American Promise.