Dir. José María Cabral (2017); Dominican Republic, 106m
Starring: Orestes Amador, Ramón Emilio Candelario, Carlota Carretero
Spanish with English subtitles
Programmed by: Makaveli Gresham
FRIDAY, JULY 26TH AT 9:30PM
SATURDAY, JULY 27TH AT 9:30PM
SUNDAY, JULY 28TH AT 5:30PM
In the wake of the Dominican Republic’s 2011 Film Law, José Maria Cabral meticulously researched and carefully examined the conditions of the Najayo and La Victoria prisons. Carpinteros gives insight to “pecking” the pidgin sign language that inmates from the prisons’ use to communicate across to one another culminating in a Shakespearean love story. Cabral spent nine months visiting Najayo and building relationships with those inside prior to shooting, allowing the film to address and reveal the nature of Latin American prisons contemporaneously. Shot on location in 24 days, Carpinteros creates a hybridized fiction and documentary style interweaving unscripted scenes of the prison into the love-triangle narrative.