The fourth edition of the Dominican Film Festival in New York is using "That's The Way We Are" as its slogan, and aims to showcase films from different genres and perspectives. A couple highlights:
Dolares de Arena (Sand Dollars)
Noelí, a young Dominican girl, goes to the beaches at Las Terrenas every afternoon. Along with her boyfriend, she looks for a way to make a living at the expense of one of the hundreds of tourists that wander around there. As people parade through her days, Noelí has a steady client: a mature French woman, who as time goes by, has found in the island the ideal refuge to spend her last years. Noelí’s boyfriend feigns to be her brother and outlines a plan in which Noelí travels to Paris with the old lady and sends him money every month. For Noelí, the relationship with the old lady is based on convenience, but feelings become more intense as the departure date closes in.
Yo Soy la Salsa (I am Salsa: The Life of Johnny Pacheco)
More than a genre, Salsa is a cultural movement that arose in a time of need for strengthening the Latino culture in New York City. Salsa spread across the world with such force that 50 years later it still moves the feet of dancers in the most inhospitable corners of the world. At the heart of this movement is the figure of Johnny Pacheco, one of the great musical legacies responsible for the creation of this type of music.
New York: June 24 - 28. Full lineup and details on their website.