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Foreign Flick Friday: Spanish Language Documentary Follows a Dominican Youth Dreaming of Tomorrow

 

Joselito de la Cruz, better known as “Jeffrey,” is going to be a reggaetón artist. With help from his brother Jeyson, he has even started to produce and create his own music.

However, life for 12-year-old Jeffrey is not easy. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Jeffrey works as a car washer on the street to help his mother pay for housing. His father is absent, and his brother recently became a father himself. Jeffrey must face the reality of his situation all while continuing his aspirations for a musical future.

The directorial debut of Yanillys Perez, the film follows Jeffrey over the course of three years as he navigates his changing role within his own family and within Dominican society.

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Produced in Spanish, the camera, the story, and the voiceover styles give the film an air of fictionality and magical realism that is often unseen in documentary-style films. In Perez’s words:

“[…] my point of view on Jeffrey’s life is that it is like a fiction that still takes place today in our everyday life and we ignore it, like a postcard that we don’t want to accept and resolve but rather ignore.”1

Indeed, the film addresses themes such as familial struggle, economic equality, and youthful dreaming that will leave viewers reflecting on their own everyday lives and their sense of purpose.

It’s movie night, so grab the popcorn and watch this trailer with us. Then tell us what you think @LeadWLanguages on social media.

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