Photography by Marcus Johnson
Once again it’s on. The Dominican Festival In New York is off to a roaring start. Dominican film lovers came out in droves last night to the venerable United Palace to support the festival and the Dominican film industry. The festival’s opening film, Carpinteros, is now one of our favorite Dominican films of all time. The film by José María Cabral is a visceral and vibrant love story set in the notorious Najayo prison. One of the film’s stars, Jean Jean, who refers to himself as Domínico-Haitiano, put on a masterful performance as a man desperately trying to survive his perilous predicament. This is just one of the over 70 films that the festival is highlighting this year. You have until July 30 to take in all the Dominican cinematic awesomeness.