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DREFF’s Nominee, “Death by a Thousand Cuts”, Finalist in the 2017 Green Film Network Award!

September 29, 2017

The Dominican Film “Death by a Thousand Cuts”, screened at the 2016 Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), has been selected as one of the finalist in this year’s Green Film Network (GFN) Award. This was DREFF’s nomination for the renown international environmental film prize, “Green Cinema Award”, organized by GFN, a prestigious network of the world’s best environmental film festivals. DREFF is a member of GFN.

The winner will be announced at Planet in Focus, Canada’s foremost and longest running environmental film festival, on October 20th, 2017. Films nominated represent the “Best International Film” screened at each of the GFN’s almost 40 festivals around the world.

In 2016, the GFN Award was hosted by DREFF in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and the winner was “Landfill Harmonic”.

About the Film

In Death by A Thousand Cuts, Eligio Eloy Vargas, alias Melaneo, a Dominican Park Ranger in the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park is found brutally murdered by machete. Melaneo was believed to have been on patrol investigating illegal charcoal production by Haitians working within the protected Dominican forests. This murder becomes the metaphor for the larger story of increasing tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over illicit charcoal exploitation and large-scale deforestation. As in so many global struggles for natural resources, the fight for survival leads to scapegoating, xenophobia and clashes between communities.

Directed by Jake Kheel and Juan Mejía.

About GFN

The Green Film Network (GFN) brings together some of the major film festivals that happen annually around the globe with focus on environmental issues. The network objective is to coordinate the events of the associated festivals, promote and distribute films worldwide, and encourage initiatives and projects that might help people ponder about the environment.

About the GFN Award
Each year a festival, supported by the GFN, hosts the “GFN Award” taking charge of the organization and the prize. Each GFN’s member presents a documentary, chosen from his last edition and produced in his own country, to show the diversity and the strength of environmental documentary creations around the world. An international jury has to watch the films on a private platform and award one of the documentaries.

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Since the inception of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) in 2011, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) has created and developed 6 year-round programs that make a significant contribution to the sustainable development of the Dominican Republic.

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