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Value of Life

Historically, little value is placed on natural capital when looking at growth equations and socioeconomic development. It is difficult for big businesses, and more so for ordinary people, to quantify the significance of natural resources and make the value of nature tangible in our daily lives. The new Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) production responds to those questions: How much is the natural capital of the Dominican Republic worth? How do we put a price on the ecosystem the planet has given us and that allows us to survive?

Original title: Valor vital
Title (English): Value of Life
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Year of completion: 2015
Duration: 21 min and 36 sec
Format: DVD
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English; Italian.



Directors: Natasha Despotovic and Alexandra Tabar
Executive production: Natasha Despotovic
Production: Alexandra Tabar
Associate producers: Miryam López, María Victoria Abreu and Marc Jourdan
Production Assistance: Reydi Moreta
Director of Photography: Angel Castellanos
Screenplay: Natasha Despotovic, Alexandra Tabar and Miryam López
Camera: Angel Castellanos and Jesús Frías
Aerial Camera: CrossFilms
Post production and Editing: Angel Castellanos and Ramón Cabrera
Animation: Sergio Díaz
Logistics Support: Semiramis De Miranda, Yamile Eusebio, Omar Shamir Reynoso and Reyna Mendoza


Biography of Director:

Natasha Despotovic is the director of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) and the executive director of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), a US non profit organization. A national of Croatia and the Dominican Republic, Natasha currently lives in the Washington DC metro area and divides her working time between Washington DC, New York and the Dominican Republic . Following an academic background in Philosophy and Spanish, French and English literature and linguistics, Natasha has had an extensive and diverse international career in which she has held-high level positions in the private, public, non-governmental and multilateral sectors in Europe, the Dominican Republic and the United States. Her professional experience is very expansive and ranges from teaching, writing, translation, film production, architecture, interior design and holistic health to business management, public relations, marketing, international development, international affairs and non-profit management. At GFDD she leads numerous international sustainable development programs as well as book publishing and filmmaking projects. In her free time, she continues to operate her hotel property Villa Serena in the Dominican Republic and practices as a yoga and mediation teacher and homeopath.

Alexandra Tabar Born in the Dominican Republic, Alex has also lived in Barcelona, Miami and finally was adopted by New York City in 2008. She majored in Advertising and completed her Masters Degree in Media Production. In more than 10 years she has developed a diverse portfolio, with projects spanning from entertainment to educational content for web, mobile, video/on-air and print.

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