September - October 2015
GFDD Global Roundtable
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Executive Director, Natasha Despotovic, talks with Ambassador Leonidas Rosa Bautista, Vice President of the Committee on Hemispheric Security of the Permanent Council of the OAS

Don’t miss the Latest GFDD Publication
Lo Dominicano | All Things Dominican!

The bilingual Spanish-English book is now available for purchase on and the GFDD website. The book is designed to present the main aspects of what it means to be Dominican as well as the natural resources and the culture of the country, from a modern and innovative point of view, in an easy to read manner, with emphasis on interesting and not widely-known facts.

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Golf Tournaments Bring Together Sponsors, Friends

The 6th and 7th GFDD Golf Tournaments took place on September 21 and October 23, in New York and Miami respectively. The tournaments, which are already a GFDD tradition, were attended by leading figures from the philanthropic field, prominent sports figures, and other friends who through the years have supported GFDD’s programs.

Watch the recap videos here:

6th Edition (New York)

7th Edition (Miami)


Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Republic Experience in India and San Francisco

Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Republic Experience was nominated and screened at the 8th Competitive CMS Vatavaran Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum 2015 in India and the 18th United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) in Palo Alto. As part of its recognition at CMS, GFDD’s short film will be broadcasted on select television channels in India for the next two years.

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Research and Ideas: Fellows Present Findings in Publication Launches

GFDD Fellows Program scholars recently presented their research publications at launches and other events across the east coast. Hilary Lohmann, Mat Rosa, and Yuan Li discussed topics such as climate change, Dominican-Chinese relations, and the vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States. Lohmann and Rosa co-authored the publication Climate Change in the Dominican Republic: Impact on Coastal Resources and Communities, which they presented at the URI on October 29th. Lohmann also had the opportunity to present at the UN Church Center in New York and in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic earlier in October. Li authored Dominican Republic and P.R. China: Exchange, Trade, and Investment and presented at the GFDD headquarters in D.C.

Fellows Presentation

Fellows Publication

Book Launch


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Denis Delestrac’s Master Class at DREFF 2015

DSLR Technology Workshop at DREFF 2015


DREFF and Alliance Française of Santo Domingo Promote Environmental Awareness in France

The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) and the Alliance Française in Santo Domingo will be screening two environmental films to promote sustainable development and environmental awareness for the community of students, professors, and friends of the French educational organization, as well as the general public. Both selected films—The Light Bulb Conspiracy and The E-Waste Tragedy—are French coproductions directed by European filmmaker Cosima Dannoritzer.

The screenings will be part of the programming of the Festival Internacional Cervantino to be held November 5–8, 2015, at the Cinemateca Dominicana.


University of Pennsylvania’s International Opportunities Fair

GFDD International Education Programs' representatives will be in attendance and have a table of information available in the 2015 International Opportunities Fair at the University of Pennsylvania. University students studying at schools in the Philadelphia area are encouraged to attend this free event!

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Bodek Lounge, Huston Hall, University of Pennsylvania
                   3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Dominican Film Showcase to screen Código Paz in NYC

When: Friday, November 6th, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025

Código Paz
Pedro Ruiz is a Dominican real estate broker by day and a savvy but out-of-luck thief by night. Desperate to look for respect climbing the money ladder the easy way, he finds himself in the wrong mansion at the wrong time.
Director: Pedro Urrutia
Genre: Action
Country: Dominican Republic
Duration: 96 min


Submissions for the Funglode/GFDD Awards 2015 Are Open until November 6th!

GFDD/Funglode announce that participation in their ninth annual Awards for the year 2015 is open until November 6th. The last day to hand in work for the contest will be Friday, November 6th before 4:00 p.m. Submissions must be handed in at the Funglode offices in Santo Domingo or in the GFDD office in New York.

You can check out the criteria for each category here.


ReCrearte Workshop in Villa Serena Hotel, Samaná

The ReCrearte Program will offer a hands-on workshop on November 13, 2015 to students of Escuela de Las Galeras, Samaná, Dominican Republic. The workshop will take place at the Villa Serena Hotel in Las Galeras. The ReCrearte Program aims to raise awareness of the 3Rs of solid waste management: reduce, reuse, and recycle.

What: ReCrearte Workshop
When: November 13, 2015
Where: Villa Serena Hotel, Las Galeras, Samaná, Dominican Republic

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Dominican Film Showcase in Washington, DC

GFDD’s Dominican Film Showcase will screen Dominican movies in Washington, D.C., November 19-21, 2015. The screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with special guests.

FREE and open to all audiences!
Thursday, November 19th, 6:00 p.m.:
Los Paracaidistas (comedy). Welcoming reception to follow.

Friday, November 20th, 6:00 p.m.:
Yo Soy La Salsa (documentary).

Saturday, November 21st, 6:00 p.m.:
Código Páz (action).

Where: Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St, Washington, DC 20006.



GFDD Elects a New Advisory Committee

GFDD Elects a New Advisory CommitteePersonalities from the world of academia, medicine, communication, entertainment, sports, and design, among other sectors, are now part of the new Advisory Committee of the GFDD, which took shape at a meeting in New York last September that was presided over by GFDD President, Dr. Leonel Fernández and Executive Director, Natasha Despotovic.

Read more here.



Dominican Evening at CinemAmbiente in Turin

Dominican Evening at CinemAmbiente in TurinThree Dominican-made films were screened at the CinemAmbiente film festival in Turin, Italy this October. The GFDD productions Value of Life and Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Republic Experience, both directed by Natasha Despotovic, and 7 Gramos, directed by Jonatán Vila Gómez, were shown at the festival on October 8th. Despotovic, executive director of GFDD and DREFF, was present at the festival to present the films and serve as a juror within the festival.

Read more here.


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