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September 11, 2015

Azua Hosts the 5th Edition of the Dominican Environmental Film Festival for the First Time


The Sur Futuro Training Center in Padre Las Casas was the chosen venue for film screenings.

Azua is one of the eleven cities hosting the 5th edition of the 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 Training Center of the Sur Futuro Foundation, in the town of Padre Las Casas, was the venue for Thursday’s screenings, thanks to the collaborative work done by the DREFF and the Sur Futuro Foundation, which is a private nonprofit organization that promotes development and social welfare in communities of the Southern Region of the Dominican Republic.

The DREFF arrived in Padre Las Casas with various films. At 7:00 p.m., a shorts program for children with three films: Once Upon a Time, The Change, and The Flight, and at 8:00 p.m., Landfill Harmonic.

Cristobalina Veloz, personnel coordinator for education at the Sur Futuro Foundation in Padre Las Casas, instructed the children on the importance of taking care of the environment and about climate change. She interacted with the audience on the issues raised in the short films.

Meanwhile, Eduardo Julia, coordinator of climate change and renewable energy for the Foundation, spoke to the audience about the DREFF and encouraged interaction to reflect on and discuss the content of the films.

The fifth edition of the DREFF, from September 8-13, is being held in eleven cities around the country: Santo Domingo, Santiago de los Caballeros, Baní, San Francisco de Macorís, Puerto Plata, San Juan de la MaguanaLa Vega, Samaná, Punta Cana,  Bonao, and Azua, in 30 screening rooms and cinemas.

More than 35 films and documentaries, as well as national and international short films will be shown throughout the Festival. The themes of this year’s Festival include such pressing topics as recycling, food waste, and the extinction of animals.

About the Film Festival
Since its inception in 2011, the Dominican Environmental Film Festival – an initiative of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode) – has provided the Dominican people a platform for knowledge and debate on the subject of environment and sustainable development, challenges and best practices, in addition to celebrating the unique beauty and wealth of Dominican nature.

With a vast selection of films and numerous panels, workshops, seminars and community activities, the DREFF promotes dialogue, exchange of knowledge and experiences while inspiring the Dominican public to take actions that contribute to the appreciation, conservation and sustainable use of the country’s environmental resources.

About the Sur Futuro Foundation
Sur Futuro Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization that began its operations on November 16, 2001 promoting the development and welfare of communities in the Southern Region of the Dominican Republic. It seeks to reduce the high levels of poverty and marginalization among that region’s inhabitants by promoting the development of the communities’ social, natural and productive capital, helping to improve the quality of life among the vulnerable populations and supporting sustainable management of the environment and natural resources.

Sur Futuro focuses its work in seven areas: Social Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Production, Renewable Energy and Climate Change, Education and Health, Infrastructure of Community Development, Microcredits and International Humanitarian Cooperation.

More information:
Facebook: Fundación Sur Futuro
Twitter: @SurFuturo

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