Cultura y conciencia

6th Dominican Film Festival is More than Merengue and Bachata: “We Are Cinema”

, Cine, FilmNelson SantanaComment

July 24, 2017

The Sixth Annual Dominican Film Festival in New York opens tomorrow, Tuesday, July 25 at the United Palace. The biggest and most important festival pertinent to the Dominican experience features a variety of cinematic genres and formats and closes on Sunday, July 30.

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 809 Sangría Bar and Grill in Inwood, Manhattan, hosted the festival’s press conference. ESENDOM taped the entire press conference, which you can view by clicking HERE and we also had the opportunity to interview several festival participants. You can view the individual interviews by clicking on their names: 

Dominican Film Festival Press Conference 

Ronny Canario, Filmmaker

Henry Domínguez, Events and Venues Manager

James Duarte, Creative Director  

Wigner Duarte, Filmmaker

Ana Pichardo, Production Manager

Opening night will feature the film Carpinteros (Woodpeckers) by acclaimed filmmaker José María Cabral. Protagonist Julián finds love in the last imaginable place—Najayo prison in the Dominican Republic. Both he and his love interest, Yanelly, must keep their love a secret and do so by communicating via sign languages within the confines of prison walls.

This past Friday, ESENDOM held a contest with the winner having the opportunity to win tickets for the festival’s opening night. Miguel T. won the contest.

For more coverage, visit or the official website of the festival at