Yamile Eusebio, Operations Director, gave the details on the upcoming environmental film festival, which will take place against the backdrop of places such as the Sosúa Bay Hotel, Gregorio Urbano Gilbert Polytechnic School, and Santa Rosa de Lima College.
Puerto Plata, August 26, 2015. This year, Puerto Plata will be one of the 11 cities to host the 5th Annual Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), an initiative of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode).
The Sosúa Bay Hotel, Gregorio Urbano Gilbert Polytechnic School, and Santa Rosa de Lima College are the chosen locations in Puerto Plata for activities and free screenings, which are being organized with the help of the Puerto Plata Tourism Cluster.
Yamile Eusebio, Operations Director, gave details on the festival, which will be held from September 9th to 11th in Puerto Plata.
Eusebio said the GFDD and Funglode aim to use this festival to raise awareness among citizens so that they can “make a difference and succeed in making the Dominican Republic a world leader in environmental matters.”
Roman Medina Diplan, a member of the Tourism Cluster, welcomed the initiative, stating that it “provides Puerto Plata with a platform for learning about and discussing the environment and sustainable development.”
During his speech, Tomás Callender, President of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Sosúa and Cabarete, spoke of the things that are being done in this part of the country to preserve the environment.
On Monday, September 9th, at 6:00 pm, the inauguration of the festival will take place at the Sosúa Bay Hotel with a screening of the documentary Shark Girl. Peter O’Brien, an environmental consultant, will participate during the festival inauguration along with other national and international guests.
On that same day, screenings at Gregorio Urbano Gilbert Polytechnic School will start at 9:00 am with the documentary Just Eat It. Additionally, at the same time at Santa Rosa de Lima College, a series of short features from the Academy of Environmental Cinema of Punta Cana will be shown.
On Thursday, September 10th at 9:00 am, the screening of Exuma will take place at Gregorio Urbano Gilbert Polytechnic School while the Dominican productions Biodiversidad de la República Dominicana (Biodiversity of the Dominican Republic) and Diarios del Fin del Mundo (Diaries of the End of the World) will take place at Santa Rosa de Lima College.
On Friday, September 11th, the short films Gente Como Tú (People like You) and Basura o Recurso? Experiencia de la República Dominicana (Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Experience) (a GFDD/Funglode production) will be shown at 9:00 am at Gregorio Urbano Gilbert Polytechnic School. Orgullo de Mi Tierra: Descubre Puerto Plata (Pride of My Land: Discover Puerto Plata) will be shown at 9:00 am at Santa Rosa de Lima College. All screenings will be open to the public.
About the DREFF
Since its creation in 2011, the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival – an initiative of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode) – provides the Dominican public with a platform for learning about and discussing the environment and sustainable development, its challenges and best practices, as well as to celebrate the beauty and unique diversity of Dominican nature.
The Dominican Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) mobile app is now available and can be downloaded from the following links:
Apple (iTunes): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dreff/id1029535649?mt=8
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.sched.dominicanrepublicenvironmen2015