GARBAGE OR RESOURCE? A DOMINICAN REPUBLIC EXPERIENCE (¿BASURA O RECURSO? EXPERIENCIA DE LA REPÚBLICA DOMINICANA) (Dominican Republic, 2013, 17 min.)
Washington, D.C. Premiere There are more than 340 open-air landfills in the Dominican Republic. Without any management, they have become dangerous hotbeds of air and water pollution. But there are cultural changes afoot, converting this problem into a development opportunity. When trash has a use it becomes a resource, giving it value. Recycling is enabling economic development by generating new companies and industries. Directed by Natasha Despotovic.
MY VOICE (MI VOZ) (Dominican Republic, 2013, 1 min.) U.S. Premiere A charming story of two children in a park and how they care for nature. In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Querlin Cortorreal. Globo Verde Dominicano Public Service Announcement Winner.
FIRST STEPS (PRIMEROS PASOS) (Dominican Republic, 2013, 14 min.) U.S. Premiere Society in the Dominican Republic today has become accustomed and indifferent to living with large amounts of garbage and makeshift garbage dumps are appearing all over the country. As a first step in dealing with this environmental problem, recycling has emerged as a business alternative and a source of employment. In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Sebastián Cabrera. Globo Verde Dominicano Short Winner.
DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS (MUERTE POR MIL CORTES) (Dominican Republic, 2013, 18 min.) In January 2012, a Haitian charcoal producer allegedly murdered a Dominican Park Ranger on patrol in the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park The brutal murder points to the larger story of increasing tensions between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over illicit charcoal exploitation and the even larger story of the worldwide struggle over rapidly depleting natural resources that is leading to human conflict. In Spanish, Creole and English with English subtitles. Written and directed by Jake Kheel and Juan Mejia Botero. Produced by Ben Selkow, Jake Kheel and Juan Yepes.
Panel discussion with Natasha Despotovic, Executive Director, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development and filmmakers, including Sebastian Cabrera, Jake Kheel, and Juan Mejia Botero, follows screening.
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