Jake Kheel and Juan Mejia Co-Directors, Death by a Thousand Cuts
Yelaine Rodriguez, Artist, Curator and Cultural Organizer
Nyasha Laing, Attorney, Sustainable Development Expert and Communications Strategist
Cassandre Theano Associate Legal Officer Open Society Foundation
FREE. Refreshments will be served
Presented by Human Pictures, The Afrolatin@ Project, Afro-Latino Festival NYC, Haitian Creole Language Institute, CLACS-NYU, Participant Media and Univision Documentales
DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS will be distributed by Participant Media, Univision and Cinephil. It is having its NYC PREMIERE in the Viewfinders Competition during the prestigious DOC NYC FILM FESTIVAL, America’s largest documentary festival. After five years of production, the film had its World Premiere at the 2016 Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto in Competition and had our US Premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, where we won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary.
Sun Nov 13, 2016, 9:15 PM | IFC Center
Tue Nov 15, 2016, 3:15 PM | IFC Center
The film uncovers how the lives of Dominicans and Haitians at the border are enveloped in a complex web of relationships that reflect a mutual dependence on the illicit production and trafficking of charcoal. The film spans an investigation starting in the lowlands of the Dominican Republic into the mountain forests along the border to the charcoal markets on the Haitian side and on to Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. The film uses the personal as polemic; closely following the murder of a Dominican park ranger allegedly killed by a Haitian charcoal producer, the film explores the families affected and the complexities of the case. The film depicts a complex and growing conflict emerging between the Dominican Republic and Haiti; a case emblematic of the global struggles over depleting natural resources and prevention of human conflict.
In DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS, Eligio Eloy Vargas, alias Melaneo, a Dominican Park Ranger in the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park was found brutally murdered by machete. At the time, he was believed to have been on patrol investigating an illegal charcoal production site often run by Haitians coming across the border into 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 mass deforestation.
DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS
Directors: Juan Mejia Botero & Jake Kheel
Producers: Ben Selkow & Jake Kheel
Executive Producers: Jeff Skoll, Belisa Balaban, Christy Spitzer Thornton
Executive Producers: Isaac Lee, Juan Rendon, Eric Douat
Editor: Adriana Pacheco
Cinematographer: Juan Carlos Castañeda
Co-Producers: Nadia Pollard & Juancho Yepes
Consulting Editor: Mark Becker