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DREFF screen the documentary Sunú for students of the New Horizons School in Santo Domingo

September 13, 2016

This Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at 11 a.m., as part of the events of the sixth edition of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), a screening was held of the documentary Sunú for students of the New Horizons School in Santo Domingo. The event took place in the school auditorium, boasting an attendance of more than 100 students, teachers, and staff of the educational center.

Sunú, a documentary produced and filmed in Mexico by Teresa Camou, presents the crude reality of the country’s indigenous communities and their fight to protect their number-one consumption product, maize. In doing so the film sheds light on an issue of enormous importance: who controls seeds and how governments are not doing their job in protecting the food security of the must vulnerable populations.

The screening was attended by the school’s principals, who highlighted their commitment to educating their children on environmental protection and conservation, adding their efforts to those being carried out by GFDD/Funglode with their multiple programs, especially the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival.

The activity began with words of welcome from New Horizons’ public relations officer, Ana Bencosme, who introduced the subject and thanked DREFF for this sixth edition. Later Paul Goris, as DREFF representative for the event, highlighted the festival’s importance and presented the most important stats on the sixth edition, requesting the support and involvement of the entire education community.

At the end of the screening, Teresa Camou, the film’s director and a DREFF 2016 special guest, held a Q&A session with the students and offered details on the documentary’s production and filming, highlighting the great challenges faced by the communities she worked with and their enormous efforts to defend their food security rights.

At the end of the event Priscilla Garrido Comer, New Horizons’ Academic Director, promised the school’s continued commitment to supporting the event and all activities that help protect our natural resources.

About the sixth edition of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF)
Since its creation in 2011, the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival has offered the Dominican public a platform for knowledge and debate on environmental issues and sustainable development as well as related challenges and best practices, while celebrating the unique beauty and natural wealth of the Dominican Republic.

With a varied selection of films and numerous panels, workshops, seminars, and community activities, DREFF promotes dialogue and exchange of knowledge and experiences, inspiring the Dominican public to take action to support the appreciation, conservation, and sustainable use of environmental resources.

By bringing together young people, academics, experts, activists, filmmakers, and representatives of the public and private sectors and NGOs, as well as broad audiences from all sectors of society, the Festival serves to catalyze programs and projects that contribute to environmental protection, conservation, and sustainability.

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