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7 Grams

Dominican Republic – 2015

Biodiversity Short Films Films


  • Wednesday, September 14 - 1:00pm
    Liceo Científico Dr. Miguel Canela Lázaro, Hermanas Mirabal (Salcedo)

Based on a true story, this film -winner of the 2015 edition of DREFF’s Globo Verde Dominicano- takes place in a small rural community in the Dominican Republic, and recounts the life of a Hispaniolan Emerald (one of the smallest birds in the world, endemic species) who decides to build her nest and lay her eggs in a support pillar of a school building under construction. Why does the bird choose this place, with all the noise and confusion? It’s not clear. But the workers decide that they will protect the bird until its eggs are hatched.

Directors: Jonatán Vila, Hadzael Gómez

Country: Dominican Republic

Duration: 12 min

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: English


Hadzael Gómez
Hadzael Gómez Vásquez was born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. He is an architect with a degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra and a real estate appraiser. He studied Painting at the School of Fine Arts and was a student of professor Reynaldo Castellanos (Bottin). An aficionado of artistic and sports photography, he also produces videos. In 2015 he won the Globo Verde Dominicano Award in the Short Film category for his film 7 Grams, which he directed along with Jonatán Vila.

Jonatán Vila
Jonatán Vila Gómez is from Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. He is an audiovisual producer and 2D animator with a degree in Social Communications and a minor in Audiovisual Production from the Madre y Maestra Pontifical Catholic University. He has completed courses in 2D and 3D animation in the Dominican Republic and abroad. In 2014, Vila founded his own production studio, Vilateral Media. That same year, he was accepted to the Vancouver Film School, Canada, for the 2016–17 term. His projects have won several different competitions: Best Short Documentary, Globo Verde Dominicano Award, 2015; and First place for animated media campaign, National Network for Business Support for Environmental Protection (ECORED), 2011.

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