I almost did not know her, because for me she always has lived outside. The missing grandmother who appeared from time to time at the airport and called the day of my birthday. We did not talk too much but felt close, like a mountain you don’t have to climb to know is there. Then I also left the country, but to a different place and never asked her how or why she immigrate? At the age of ninety-one in a town of New Jersey, she receives me. This is the story of our last meeting. Read More »
Three Dominican men deal with the repercussions of a botched gold mine robbery. Read More »
In Jean Gentil, a man looks for a job in a cacophonous city that wouldn’t notice if he had never existed. He’s wearing a tie and the kind of sadness that removes from the face any immediately recognizable expression—the awkward and self-effacing sadness of the unwelcome immigrant. The man (Jean Gentil, playing a filmic version of himself) is an unemployed Haitian polyglot in Santo Domingo with a background in accounting and a tendency to question whether or not he’s even alive. While initially aiming for an office job in line with his experience and goals, he quickly has to settle for a construction job and a hard floor to sleep on after being evicted. He eventually makes his way to the countryside, where he retreats from the unforgiving madness of the big city and, ironically, away from “civilization” he can finally find a place to sleep, something to eat, and water to bathe.
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Alberto, an evangelical gardener, returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of his father, who was killed by an influential man. To mourn the deceased, he is forced to participate to religious celebrations that are contrary to his will and beliefs. Read More »
An older European woman becomes enchanted with a young Dominican woman who must struggle to make ends meet. Love brings a flow of entanglements in a drama which unfolds like palm trees in an irresistible storm. Read More »