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DREFF Screens Kid´s Short Films Program at St Michael’s School in Santo Domingo

September 14, 2016

DREFF held a screening of its Short Films Program at St Michael’s School on Wednesday September 14 at 9AM. The screening included 5 short films Crossing, The Water of the Land, Welcome to Earth, Where Jobito Lives and PETer Plastik.

The event took place as part of the sixth edition of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF – and was held in the university’s main auditorium before a group of 50 students aged between around 10 years of old.

Marc Jourdan, GFDD UN Programs & Outreach Manager, welcomed the group of students to the auditorium thanking them for their strong attendance. Following each screening, Jourdan and Carmen Suazo, the environmental expert from the Ministry of the Environment of the Dominican Republic, led a lively exchange on lessons learnt about the issues depicted in the films including climate change, plastic pollution, sustainable development, renewable energy and over consumption.

Alec, a student at the school voiced his appreciation of the event explaining that it had “taught (them) why it is important not to hurt the environment”, while his classmate Daniel remarked that “the shorts have taught us about the impacts of our action on the world and the future environment we will live in.”

Luciana Manion, a professor teaching the recycling elective class at the school noted that “the event helped to create awareness among the audience that the students are responsible for their actions and their impact on this planet”. She emphasized how the screening helped to “illustrate the educational nature of the festival which is essential at this moment in time.”

About the DREFF Short Films Program:
Crossing: Throughout history, major climate changes occur. Human beings contribute to the acceleration to devastate the planet

The Water of the Land: Small narrative that seeks to convey a clear and simple message: Our way of life as a society is seriously affecting our planet and endangering natural resources for generations to come.

Welcome to Earth: The film is a journey through a world made of cardboard, which works in perfect balance. To this comes the man with big ideas and the ability to control energy, but its consumption is out of control. What can be done to return to balance?

Where Jobito Lives: Jobito cannot continue playing due to the effects of misuse of resources and energy from his neighbors. From littering, wasting electricity, using non-renewable sources and wasting water, his neighbors are slowly killing fun. So Jobito comes up with an idea!

PETer Plastik: PETer Plastik discovers the benefits and disadvantages of using plastic.

For more information regarding screenings of short film during the 6th Edition of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival, access the official webpage at:


About the 6th Edition of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival
Since its creation in 2011, the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) –an initiative of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and the Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode) – has been providing Dominicans with a platform of knowledge and debate on the environment and sustainable development, along with its challenges and best practices, while celebrating the unique beauty and wealth that is the Dominican Republic’s natural heritage.

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