September - October 2014
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Closing Ceremony of the IV Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF)

Thousands enjoyed the IV Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF)

More than 40 national and international guests (environmental experts and filmmakers), dozens of films and shorts screened, discussion panels, talks and workshops took place in 10 Dominican cities under the IV Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), celebrated September 10-14, 2014. Ric O’Barry, renowned international activist and star of the documentary The Cove, was the honorary guest this year, and received a special recognition by GFDD at the Science Academy of Dominican Republic. As part of the DREFF agenda, enjoyed by thousands, GFDD launched a book on sustainable development and presented the winners of the Globo Verde Dominicano Award 2014.

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An Enthusiastic Audience Enjoyed this Year’s Dominican Book Fair in NY

The 8th Dominican Book Fair in New York took place September 26-28, 2014, and was dedicated to Rei Berroa, a renowned Dominican writer and professor living in the United States. GFDD actively participated in this Fair, organized by Dominican Republic Cultural Commission in the United States, with several activities including launching publications, screenings of Dominican and GFDD proprietary short films, recycled art workshops from our ReCrearte program, a gender equality discussion panel where Ms. Natasha Despotovic, GFDD’s Executive Director participated, and a photography exposition from our New Perspectives book.

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Johnny Ventura and Rafael Solano Open their Hearts to the Dominican Diaspora at the DGT in Miami

On October 23, 2014, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) presented its October edition of Dominican Get Together (DGT) at the Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida, with a special presentation of Rafael Solano and Johnny Ventura: “From composing to interpreting Dominican music”. These two Dominican music icons, “El Maestro” and “El Caballo Mayor”, shared their lifelong experiences and took over the scenario with their great charisma and talent. With this event GFDD contributed to facilitating Dominicans living in Miami the opportunity to enjoy more than four decades of Dominican music, joys and successes.

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Hole in one! 5th GFDD Golf Tournament exceeds our expectations

We celebrated our 5th Golf Tournament with the participation of over 100 players that gathered to play in the prestigious Fresh Meadow Country Club in New York on September 27, 2014. Prominent Dominican and American business men and women as well as other GFDD friends and supporters came together to play golf while continue to foster our social, economic, democratic and cultural programs and initiatives in the Dominican Republic and throughout the Western Hemisphere. Dominican baseball legend Juan Marichal was the honorary starter of the tournament. Former President of the Dominican Republic and President of GFDD Dr. Leonel Fernández attended the closing ceremony and handed the trophies to the winners.

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100 Dignitaries Started a Climate Change Fund at the 69th UN General Assembly

GFDD participated at the United Nations high-level meetings of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly on September 22-26, 2014. The events included the UN Climate Summit, a High-level meeting organized by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to engage leaders and advance climate action and ambition. An unprecedented number of world leaders attended the Summit, including 100 Heads of State and Government, who started to pull together to capitalize the Green Climate Fund (GCF), a climate change fund for poor countries – by pledging more than US$2 billion. During this week, GFDD co-sponsored the Civil Society Report Back on the UN Climate Summit, which provided a forum for civil society leaders to reflect on what was discussed during the Climate Summit, and what they heard from the people these leaders are meant to representing.

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GFDD to screen Orgullo de mi Tierra: “Descubre Puerto Plata” in New York City

Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), in collaboration with the Puerto Plata Tourism Cluster (Clúster del Destino Turístico Puerto Plata), the Asociación de Puertoplateños en Nueva York, Centro Cuesta Nacional (CCN) and its renowned initiative Orgullo de mi Tierra, will present the documentary “Descubre Puerto Plata” (Discover Puerto Plata), a 47 minutes documentary recreating religious believes, folkloric expressions, cultural diversity, architecture, history and gastronomic richness of Puerto Plata, also known as “la novia del Atlántico” (Atlantic’s [ocean] bride). With this presentation, GFDD contributes to the promotion of the Dominican natural richness, culture and heritage in the United States and beyond.

When: Saturday, November 1st, 2014. - 6:00pm.
Where: Symphony Space 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025.
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Dominican Film Showcase in Washington, D.C.

Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) will be showcasing asample of the best films produced recently in the Dominican Republic and/or by Dominican filmmakers, November 19-23, 2014 in Washington, D.C. This event is open to all members of the Dominican diaspora community and general public interested in learning more about the Dominican film industry, culture and history. This is part of GFDD’ initiative Dominican Film Showcase aiming to contribute to the enrichment of the film culture of the Dominican Republic and bring its unique brand of cinema to a wider audience, while enhancing social awareness and promoting constructive change on Dominican Republic related topics.

When: November 19-23, 2014.
Where: Art Museum of the Americas (AMA), 201 18th St, NW. Washington, D.C. 20006.
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Panel Discussion: "The Film Industry in the Dominican Republic as an engine of socio-economic development" in Washington, D.C.

Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), through its initiative Dominican Film Showcase (DFS) will host the panel "The Film Industry in the Dominican Republic as an engine of socio-economic development", as part of theevents celebrating the "Dominican Film Showcase”. The contributions of the Law for the Promotion of Film Activity No.108-10 and the development of the film industry in the country will be discussed. This conversation, celebrated with the collaboration of the Dominican Republic Film Commission (DGCINE, by its English Acronym), the Mission of the Dominican Republic to the OAS and the Embassy of the Dominican Republic to the United States of America, will feature perspectives and experiences of some authorities in the field, as well as a talk with renowned Dominican filmmakers. This event is open to the public, with limited seating. Free admission.

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.
A light lunch will be served.
Where: GFDD Washington, DC Office, 1629 K Street NW, Suite 1100,
Washington, DC.
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During the IV Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) launched the book Hacia el desarrollo sostenible y la economía verde en la República Dominicana (Towards sustainable development and green economy in Dominican Republic) which includes a brief analysis of the current sustainable development in a global context, a compilation of national and international legislation regarding said topics and a practical guide to promote environmental sustainability and resilience from both business and household perspectives. The book is available to you now! Buy it here.



The GFDD’s initiative Global Dominican Academic Exchange (GDAE) celebrated two programs recently: one at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) (September 22-27, 2014), and another one at the University of Georgia (October 18-26, 2014). GDAE aims to introduce Dominican students to the American style of liberal arts education and encourage dialogue between Dominican students and their Dominican-American counterparts attending these institutions, thereby encouraging and inspiring partnership and entrepreneurship initiatives, which will foster innovation and stimulate Dominican economic development and international understanding.


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