November - December, 2016
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GFDD/Funglode is Officially Accredited to the UNFCCC

GFDD/Funglode was present at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakesh, Morocco from Monday November 7 to Friday November 11, 2016. During GFDD’s the main plenary session, Salaheddine Mezouar, COP 22 President, confirmed the official accreditation confirmation of GFDD as an observer organization of the UNFCCC process. GFDD’s UN Programs and Outreach Manager, Marc Jourdan attended the session together with twenty thousand other climate change experts from across the globe, stemming from both the public and the private sector.

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DFS 2016: Dominican Cinema Takes Over Washington, DC and New York City

The US premiere of veteran film director Fernando Báez’s Flor de Azúcar (Sugar Fields) at the opening night of the Dominican Film Showcase in Washington DC turned into a tribute to Dominican film, Dominican women and one of the best Dominican writers of all time, Juan Bosch... and of course, Fernando Báez himself. Simple, profound, with a message of hope: La familia Reyna arrived to Washington DC loaded with emotion for the second night of the DFS. In closing its successful series, the Dominican Film Showcase in Washington DC chose Los Fabulosos Má Mejores a children’s comedy that not only makes us laugh but also transmits a valuable message of hope and perseverance for adults while encouraging reflection. GFDD opened its DFS in New York at Symphony Space with the comedy Todos los hombres son iguales and on the second night screened the documentary Nana. DFS closed the year with its special chapter DFS Embassy Edition, screening the sports drama Sugar.

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Philanthropists, Athletes and Artists Support GFDD Once More through the Golf Tournament

GFDD celebrated the IX GFDD Golf Tournament on November 21st at Deering Bay Country Club in Coral Gables, Florida, with a total of 85 players. Dr. Leonel Fernández, President of the foundation attended the award ceremony gala, where he gave the 1st net and 1st gross awards, alongside GFDD executive director Natasha Despotovic. Yamile Eusebio, director of GFDD New York, gave the welcoming remarks, while Ricardo Jacobo, as director of the GFDD Golf Tournament, took the first teed off. Jacobo thanked the sposorts and invited all guests to support the tireless efforts that GFDD carries out both in the United States and in the Dominican Republic. Cuban American actor and singer Jencarlos Canela joined the inauguration and attended the award ceremony.

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More than 300 Calasanz School Students Learn the Art of Recycling with ReCrearte

Within the framework of the celebrations for Family Month at Colegio Calasanz, the ReCrearte Program, an initiative of GFDD / Funglode, offered 5 workshops in the academic institution. More than 300 children between 4 and 9 years old attended the workshops taught by the program's coordinator, Bertha Santana, from November 15 to 17. Students and teachers created tote bags using old T-shirts. Children learned about good recycling practices and nowadays environmental challenges. The teacher Ramona E. Grullón thanked ReCrearte for the visit to the center.

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DREFF and Green Screen T&T Partners to Promote Environmental Filmmaking and Sustainability in the Caribbean

Newest GFDD Fellow, Spaniard Sergio Morales, to Research Environmental Impact Assessment Tools in the Dominican RepublicThe Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) and the Environmental Film Festival of Trinidad and Tobago, Green Screen, are joining efforts to promote environmental filmmaking and sustainability in the Caribbean. Both festivals have incredible experiences and lessons learned throughout the years and now are ready to share best practices to increase their impact and scope of action in the region. In the near future, DREFF and Green Screen T&T will organize joint events and initiatives, will exchange knowledge, and will expand each other’s network towards a greener and more sustainable Caribbean.

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Making Our Oceans Great Again: DREFF Team, Proud to Be Part of the BLUE Ocean Film Festival

At the Peace Boat in New YorkThe BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Summit took place once again in Saint Petersburg, Florida, from November 10 to 14. The DREFF’s (Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival)  and GFDD’s Executive Director, Natasha Despotovic, attended the four busy days of film screenings, panels, workshops and discussions, together with Semiramis De Miranda, DREFF’s Director of Digital Publications and Media. Mrs. Despotovic served for the third time as a judge on the BLUE’s jury, this year in the category of Cinematography. Together with Mrs. De Miranda she represented the short movie Value of Life, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development’s (GFDD) latest production, at the Awards Gala that took place on November 12 at Don Cesar Hotel. Value of Life was a finalist together with other 5 films, in the category of Short Productions.

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"Reuniting with My Roots and Flavors: Dominican Culture and Cuisine”

Dominicans Get Together, an initiative of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), will begin 2017 with a very special activity at the Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura in New York, February 9, with the support of the State of New York. The DGT will take the audience in a cultural and gastronomic tour of the country, with the company of Carlos Andújar, historian, sociologist and anthropologist, and Bolívar Troncoso, president of Sabores Dominicanos Foundation.

The event will be free and open to the public but RSVP is required!

When: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura – 541 West, 145 Street, second floor (corner with Broadway), New York, NY
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Master Class by Photoreporter Steve McCurry in Santo Domingo

World-renowned photoreporter Steve McCurry will visit the Dominican Republic for the first time, where, among other activities, he will be teaching a master class on February 9 at the Funglode Aditorium in Santo Domingo. Steve McCurry, recognized universally as one of today's finest image-makers, is best known for his evocative color photographies; the most famous, The Afgan Girl, published on the National Geographic cover in 1985. In the finest documentary tradition, McCurry captures the essence of human struggle and joy.

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When: February 9, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Funglode Headquarters, Capitan Eugenio de Marchena #26, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana


Lo Dominicano I All Things Dominican Book Launch in Miami

Lo Dominicano I All Things Dominican, GFDD newest publication, is a bilingual (Spanish and English) book that offers a quick and fresh take on the main features of Dominicanness, and the country’s cultural and natural endowments, all from a modern and innovative perspective that’s easy to understand, with an emphasis on intriguing and little-known details.

The Dominican Republic is a country of enviable natural wealth and hospitable, kind, and lively people. Its cultural richness goes beyond its quaint and colorful artistic output, infectious rhythms, and deep displays of spirituality. The country harbors a stunning variety of flora and fauna with thousands of tropical species −many of them endemic− and boasts a historical patrimony covering many historical firsts of the Americas. A jewel in the middle of the Caribbean. Fascinating contrasts.

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Books & Books, Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Avenue | Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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