September - October, 2017
Michael Shifter, President of the Inter-American Dialogue, Talks with GFDD
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Michael Shifter
President of the Inter-American Dialogue Talks with GFDD

GFDD and UNA-DR Inaugurate 2017 International Conference of the Americas

Jointly Coordinated by GFDD and the Mexican civic organization GlobalMuners, the Dominican United Nations Association (UNA-DR) inaugurated the 13th edition of the International Conference of the Americas (CILA 2017). During the conference, the activities of 10 bodies and commissions of the United Nations and other regional and international multilateral institutions will be simulated by more than 500 high school and university students from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, and other countries throughout the region.

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Visiting Dominican Leaders Engage with GFDD and ECLAC

Fifty young visiting Dominican leaders converged on GFDD’s DC headquarters to gain knowledge and inspiration on their paths of professional development. The leaders attended a presentation from Dr. Inés Bustillo, Director, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s (ECLAC) Washington Office, learned about GFDD’s mission and vision, and stayed for a screening of La Montaña (The Mountain), chatting afterwards with director Ivan Herrera.

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Discussing Dominican Film Development with SAG-AFTRA

Accompanied by a cohort of GFDD and Funglode representatives, Dr. Leonel Fernández, President of GFDD/Funglode met with executives from the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) to analyze the potential for relations between the organizations and the Dominican film industry. During the encounter, Fernández emphasized opportunities for domestic labor and foreign investors resulting from the passing of Law No. 108-10 as well as the chance to lay the foundations for both institutions to strengthen the upward trajectory of Dominican filmmakers through their inclusion in the North American film industry.

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GFDD Convenes Thought Leaders at CUNY

A discussion on the relevance of Latin America and the Caribbean in a changing world, the forum convened by GFDD and the City College of New York’s (CUNY) Dominican Studies Institute brought together a cohort of students, academic professionals, and activists from Latin America and the Caribbean to hear presentations by leading members of the economic, development, and political communities. The discussion, moderated by Vincent Boudreau, Interim President of the City College of New York, featured Dr. Marta Bengoa, Professor of Economics at CUNY, Daniel Titelman, Chief of the Economic Development Division of the ECLAC, and The Honorable Adriano Espaillat, U.S. House Representative for New York’s 13th Congressional District.

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Driving, Chipping, and Putting for Sustainable Development in the Dominican Republic

Convened by GFDD, more than one hundred golfers came together on a beautiful, sunny, and warm September day to take part in the organization’s 10th Golf Tournament. This year, players returned to the peace and elegance of the Devereaux Emmet designed Glen Head Country Club, one of the finest golf clubs in New York. The players formed teams of two to compete for prizes, cooled off during a cocktail hour, and attended a luxurious banquet dinner.

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GFDD Presented LUIS During the New York Latino Film Festival

GFDD Presented LUIS During the New York Latino Film FestivalDuring the 2017 New York Latino Film Festival’s Dominican Night, GFDD presented Archie Lopez’s LUIS (2017) to a full house of cinema enthusiasts. Prior to the screening, the Festival’s Program Director, Diana Vargas along with Festival founder Calixto Chinchilla gave a warm welcome to everyone present and introduced the audience to Alfonso Rodríguez, one of the film’s leading actors, and Rafael de Marchena, Executive Producer for LUIS. On behalf of GFDD, Omar de la Cruz and Yamile Eusebio Paulino were also on the scene to spread awareness about the work that the Foundation conducts to promote projects in the Dominican Republic, the United States, and Latin America..

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On a Virtual Trip to Morocco through Kitchen Connection!

On a Virtual Trip to Morocco through Kitchen Connection!To celebrate United Nations Day, GFDD teamed up with the UNA-USA Council of Organizations and Earlene Cruz, founder of Kitchen Connection, to take viewers around the world on a virtual culinary tour to Morocco in an event titled: “Spices for Peace.” Held just opposite the United Nations at the historic UN Church Center, author and food blogger Nargisse Benkabbou teleconferenced in from her home in Morocco to instruct the audience on how to prepare Amlou, a decadent Moroccan spread made from roasted almonds, honey, and argan oil.

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DREFF to join Green Screen - The Environmental Film Festival of Trinidad & Tobago

The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) has been invited to join the environmental film festival of Trinidad and Tobago, Green Screen T&T. Green Screen is an annual festival which brings environmental and sustainability focussed films, panels, workshops and other activities to Trinidad and Tobago. DREFF will be part of the opening night by co-hosting the film "Death by a Thousand Cuts", will be part of a film industry panel discussion, and will present the screening of "Cycles" (Ciclos), winner of the 2016 Globo Verde Dominicano Award.

When: November 1-12, 2017
Where: Trinidad and Tobago (several venues)
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Dominican Get Together in New York: Carlos Alfredo Fatule

GFDD is proud to present a Dominican Get Together with Carlos Alfredo Fatule: the evolution of a Dominican artist that has surpass all borders. This event is part of GFDD's mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of the Dominican culture, values and heritage, and to create opportunities for discussions of contemporary issues relevant to the Dominican society in the homeland and abroad.

When: Friday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Symphony Space (Thalia Theater), 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. New York, NY 10025-6990
Free. Limited seating.

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It’s Miami’s Turn! GFDD and Miami Dade College to present the Diccionario Cultural Dominicano

The Diccionario Cultural Dominicano will be launched at the Miami Dade College as part of the Miami Book Fair program. Jimmy Sierra, author, and Dr. Leonel Fernández, writer of the prologue, along with other collaborators, will discuss the publication and share their comments with the audience.

When: Sunday, November 12, 2017. 2:30 p.m.
Where: Miami Dade College (MDC), Wolfson Campus. 300 NE 2 Avenue. Room 2106, Building. 2, First Floor. Miami, Florida 33132

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Free event!


Ciclo de cine AMAR LA TIERRA in November hosted by DREFF and Cinemateca Dominicana

The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) and the Cinemateca Dominicana will screen a selection of environmental films on November 17-29, 2017. Commemorating the International Day for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and the World Pure Air Day, both held in November, DREFF and the Cinemateca Dominicana are joining efforts to promote awareness and consciousness on these topics. These screenings are free.


When: November 17-29, 2017.
Where: Cinemateca Dominicana. Plaza de la Cultura, Av. Máximo Gómez.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
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Dominican Films "Jeffrey" and "Site of Sites" at GALA Theatre

Two Dominican films, "Jeffrey" and "Site of Sites", are part of the 6th Annual Film Festival REEL Time at GALA in Washington, DC, presented in collaboration with GFDD.GFDD is proud to support this, as part of its Dominican Film Showcase (DFS) initiative, which aims to showcase in the United States the best films produced recently in the Dominican Republic, by Dominican filmmakers, about Dominican topics.

When: November 30 and December 2, 2017.
Where: GALA Theatre. 3333 14th St NW. Washington, DC 20010
(202) 234-7174 |
Tickets online: GALA Ticket Box

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Thursday November 30th, 7:00 pm: Site of Sites

(Directed by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada, 2016, 61 min.)
Humans have significantly altered the natural world in a way that no other species has. In this film, an award-winner at the 2016 IDFA Documentary Festival in Amsterdam, we witness one of the more obvious modes of this change: the creation of an artificial beach on a Caribbean resort. Alternating between semi-direct addresses to the camera and more intimate fly-on-the-wall moments, the film shows us the wealthy denizens of the resort—a beach bum actress, golfers—and the laborers who are reshaping the land for their benefit. –“Subtly teasing out the intersection of race, class, and environment, this documentary is not to be missed.” – Film Society of Lincoln Center
Post-film discussion & Reception.

Saturday, December 2, 4:00 pm: Jeffrey

(Directed by Yanillys Pérez, 2016, 78 min.)
Winner of the Discovery Award for Best Film at the Toronto Film Festival, Jeffrey is a heart-warming portrait of a little windshield washer who dreams of becoming a reggaeton singer. Fiction and reality intertwine in this Dominican debut feature by Yanillys Perez that captures the soul of a country better known for its beautiful beaches and all-inclusive resorts.
Post-film discussion.


"Chasing Coral" - special screenings in Puntacana Village and UNIBE Santo Domingo

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), together with Grupo Puntacana Foundation, Red Arrecifal Dominicana (RAD), The Nature Conservancy, Fundación Propagas, Reef Check, and other partners, will host two special screenings of the film "Chasing Coral" in the Dominican Republic. These screenings are free.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 3:00pm in UNIBE (main auditorium)
Ave. Francia #129, Santo Domingo, DR.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7:00pm in Galerías Comerciales,
Puntacana Village - Calle Gri Gri, Punta Cana, DR.

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