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Directed by Leticia Tonos Paniagua

2013, in Spanish with English subtitles

Haiti/France/Dominican Republic

96 minutes

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Cristo Rey

For poverty-stricken Haitians, the Dominican Republic is a promised land, regardless of instances of racism and challenges in finding opportunity. Exploring the tensions between these close neighbors, Dominican filmmaker Leticia Tonos Paniagua creates a Caribbean version of the classic Romeo and Juliet tale. Janvier is determined to earn an honest living, despite the constant police harassment he faces. He gets a break working as a body guard for a local drug lord—watching his beautiful younger sister. As the two fall deeply in love, Janvier is faced with a difficult choice. Paniagua is the first Dominican woman to direct a feature film. Her feature filmmaking debut was Love Child (2011).