Carpinteros is 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, puts on a masterful performance as a man desperately trying to survive his perilous predicament. The film deftly explores the ingenious sign language developed by the imprisoned to communicate with their love interests. The film opens today at several local theaters (AMC Empire 25, UA Kaufman Astoria Stadium 14, Bronx Concourse Plaza) with a national release to follow. Please support this important film.