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New York Welcomes Once Again the Dominican Film Showcase with the Comedy Todos los hombres son iguales and the Documentary Nana

October 31, 2016

The city of New York welcomes, for the third consecutive year the Dominican Film Showcase, a Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) initiative, with a comedy and a documentary: Todos los hombres son iguales by Manuel Gómez Pereira, and Nana by Tatiana Fernández Geara.

Like previous years, scenario of this event, which helps to boost Dominican film and its promotion abroad and cultivate an appreciation for the culture of the island, will be the Symphony Space on Broadway, November 17 and 18.

On Thursday 17, will be screened the acclaimed comedy Todos los hombres son iguales by Manuel Gómez Pereira; which tells the story of Joaquin, an airline pilot recently divorced, and Manolo and Juan Luis, also divorced. Together they establish rules to better live their new lives as singles, but everything changes when they try to seduce the housekeeper. José Ramón Alamá film producer and CEO of Bou Group will attend the event. Alamá is an entrepreneur who has founded several companies that have stood out for their innovation and accelerated growth in the financial sector. In the film industry, specifically, he has worked with various directors, including Oliver Stone.

Friday 18 will be the time of the directorial debut of Tatiana Fernandez Geara, Nana, documentary shot between San Juan and San Cristobal, in Puerto Rico; Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic; and Miami, in the United States. The film explores the emotional bonds between live in nannies and the children they care for. Going back and forth between urban and rural scenarios, Nana goes deep into the conflicts faced by live-in nannies. In a love chain, where mother figures are substituted and duplicated, bonds grow strong between kids and their nannies, and between the nannies’ children and the grandmothers or aunts who care for them.

The director Tatiana Fernández will be joining the event. Tatiana, a photographer,  started investigating domestic workers during her time in Missouri where she was completing MA in Photojournalism with a Fulbright scholarship at University of Missouri.

A Complete and Positive Vision of the Country
As explains GFDD executive director Natasha Despotovic, the Dominican Film Showcase presents a sample of the best films produced recently in the Dominican Republic, by Dominican filmmakers, about Dominican topics, “with the intention of capturing an overall positive vision of the country”. Furthermore, Despotovic emphasizes that it is about “using the seventh art as a platform for discussion and as a medium for enhancing social awareness and promoting constructive change, while raising awareness internationally of issues of historic and cultural importance to the Dominican community.”

In its mission to promote the knowledge and appreciation of Dominican culture as well as to inspire the enrichment of the film culture of the Dominican Republic and bring its unique brand of cinema to a wider audience, GFDD partners with institutions worldwide and creates opportunities for wide audiences to enjoy art, learn about Dominican culture, and engage in conversations with filmmakers, explained the foundation´s Executive Director.

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