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Lago Enriquillo… A Prelude to Climate Change Premiered Exclusively in Washington, D.C., as Part of the Dominican Film Showcase

November 21, 2014

The Art Museum of the Americas was the venue for the screening of the Dominican film Lago Enriquillo… A Prelude to Climate Change, on Thursday, November 20, 2014 in Washington, D.C., as part of the programming offered by the Dominican Film Showcase (DFS), an initiative of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD). The documentary, directed by Fernando Báez, was selected to open the second night of the DFS, whose program will run until Sunday November 23, 2014.

In his welcoming remarks Mrs. Yamile Eusebio, Director of GFDD office in New York, thanked everyone for supporting the DFS, which aims to promote the development of the Dominican film industry within and outside the country. Mrs. Eusebio presented the filmmaker, who emphasized it was the first time the film appeared abroad to an audience not specialized in scientific subjects. Without further ado, the Director and President of Unicornio Films proceeded to present the documentary.

The film is about the history and evolution of the largest lake in the Antilles, its flora, its fauna and its legends. It presents a thorough investigation of the rising of the water level, with reviews and testimonials from professionals who have studied the lake for years and wonder how the flood has affected its people and how this phenomenon has caught the attention of the international scientific community, to be a window to the world that shows the consequences of climate change.

At the end Fernando Báez answered some questions from the public, among which were filmmakers Ivan Herrera and Ronni Castillo, and film experts Boni Guerrero Canto, Legal Manager of the Dominican Republic Film Commission (DGCINE) and Laura Castellanos, Dominican lawyer specializing in film industry and Co-Producer of La Montaña, who along with Báez also participated in the panel “The Film Industry in the Dominican Republic as an engine of socio-economic development”, held earlier in the afternoon at GFDD offices in Washington, D.C.

The festival continues through Sunday, November 23 with the screening of films each day.

With the Dominican Film Showcase GFDD-Funglode aims to present a sample of the best films produced recently in the DR, by Dominican filmmakers, about Dominican topics, with the intention of capturing a well-rounded and positive view of the country. The objective of these screenings and subsequent discussion with the film’s makers affords an opportunity to correspond with the creative individuals behind the subjects and characters depicted in the films.

To keep updated with the latest news from the DFS, visit www.dominicanfilmshowcase.org