List of Dominican Films

2006
Código 666: La Tragedia Llenas
Dir. Elías Acosta
Drama
The film tells the story of the gruesome death of 12-year old José Rafael Llenas Aybar, who was stabbed to death by his own cousin in May 1996.
El Sofa
Dir. Nathalie Perez
Drama/Short
The unhappy life of a middle-class family centers around a plastic-covered sofa, the mother’s obsession.
Las Luciérnagas
Dir. Roberto Minervini
Drama/Short
When Virginia and Alfonso meet, she has already lost her will to live, but their encounter makes life better for both of them.
Lilís
Dir. Jimmy Sierra
Drama/Historical
A story of 19th-century Dominican dictator, Ulises Heureaux, from the start of his presidency in 1882 until his assasination in 1899.
Un Macho de Mujer
Dir. Alfonso Rodríguez
Comedy
A young wife of a sworn macho becomes tired of his domineering behavior and sets out to change him for good.
Vals
Dir. Iván Fund
Short
Construction workers perform a ballet.
Viajeros
Dir. Carlos Bidó
Drama
A moving story depicting the struggles of Dominican emigrants trying to leave their homeland in search for a better life.

 

2005
Andrea: La Venganza de un Espíritu
Dir. Rogert Bencosme
Drama/Horror/Thriller
After a young girl removes a cross from an old tomb to put it on her mother’s grave, an enraged spirit begins harassing her and her family.
El Secreto de Neguri
Dir. Luis Arambilet, Pedro Guzman
Drama
Armando Neguri accidentally discovers a passage to a paralell universe, which allows him to secretly observe his neighbors and discover their private lives.
La Maldición del Padre Cardona
Dir. Félix Germán
Drama/Fantasy/Romance
Father Cardona arrives to a small town with a mission to exorcise the devil that is bothering the locals. Meanwhile he develops a relationship with a beautiful young woman, which complicates his own life.
Los Ecos de Fuego
Dir. Kitula Liberman
Documentary
This film depicts a fight of a group of Bolivian music students to keep their instruments during dramatic street clashes between soldiers and civilians in February 2003.
Los Locos También Piensan
Dir. Humberto Castellanos
Comedy
Masacre en el Río Yuna
Dir. Pablo Roberto
Drama
Secuestro
Dir. Juan Castilo
Drama/Short
Universidad de Santo Domingo, Primada de América
Dir. Angel Ruiz Bazan
Documentary
Where There Is No Water/Donde No Hay Agua
Dir. Jonathan Muller
Documentary

 

2004
A Different Man
Dir. Albert Xavier
Comedy/Short
Cristiano de la Secreta
Dir. José García
Comedy
El Tercer Mundo
Dir. César Gautreaux
Drama
La Cárcel de la Victoria: El Cuarto Hombre
Dir. José Enrique Pintor
Drama
La Cortina del Palacio
Dir. Carlos Manuel Plasencia
Drama
La Ruta
Dir. David Cavada Oruña
Comedy/Drama/Short
Negocios Son Negocios
Dir. Jorge De Bernardi
Comedy/Romance
Por Ella
Dir. Albert Xavier
Drama/Short
A film director obsesses over a telephone call he didn’t receive.
Quarter to Ten
Dir. Albert Xavier
Drama/Short

 

2003
Éxito por intercambio
Dir. Miguel Vásquez
Drama
A young girl decides to try her luck as a singer in a big city. She gets a job as a maid in a rich family and tries to pursue her dream.
La Violencia del Poder
Dir. René Fortunato
Documentary
Los Inmortales
Dir. Elías Acosta
Drama
The life of two drug dealer gangs is shown as a conflict between trying to make money and staying alive.
Pasaporte Rojo
Dir. Albert Xavier
Drama/Action
After spending ten years in prison Fabio Reyes wants to reunite with his long-lost daughter and lead a peaceful life; but nothing turns out the way he hoped it would…
Perico Ripiao
Dir. Ángel Muñiz
Comedy
Three criminals escape from prison, carrying nothing but their musical instruments. Together they start a long and eventful journey home.
Testigo Ilegal
Dir. Carlos Bidó

 

2000
Mis Chicas Americanas/My American Girls
Dir. Aaron Matthews
Documentary
This movie tells the story of a family of first-generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic. It follows the family for a year, highlighting positive and negative sides of being an immigrant in contemporary U.S. society.

 

1998
Balaguer: La Herencia del Tirano
Dir. René Fortunato
Documentary
The film describes the political chaos that ensued in the Dominican Republic in 1961 after the assasination of Trujillo and Joaquín Balaguer’s efforts to retain power after the dictator’s death.
Víctimas del poder
Dir. Jorge Lenderbourg
Drama
A female reporter investigates a rapist roaming the city, and discovers an underlying web of political corruption.

 

1997
Buscando un Sueño
Dir. Joseph Medina
Drama
When Kamar and Elvis were boys, they both had big dreams about their future in the U.S. But only Kamar managed to realize them and become rich, while his friend barely makes a living in New York. How did this happen?
Nueba Yol 3: Bajo la Nueva Ley
Dir. Ángel Muñiz
Comedy
In the continuation of his story, Balbuena, deprived of social security benefits by the new immigration law, decides to enter a false marriage to obtain American citizenship.

 

1996
Cuatro Hombres y un Ataúd
Dir. Pericles Mejía
Comedy
Jorge is organizing the funeral of his best friend Jacinto. The coffin watch gradually becomes a drinking party, after which Jorge and three companions decide to take the coffin to other friends’ houses.
Para Vivir o Morir
Dir. Radel Villalona/José Romay
Drama
….
Trujillo: El Poder del Jefe III
Dir. René Fortunato
Documentary

 

1995
Nueba Yol: Por Fin Llegó Balbuena
Dir. Ángel Muñiz
Comedy
The story of a Dominican widower Balbuena, who moves to New York in search of a better life. As it turns out, it’s not as easy as it seems…

 

1994
Trujillo: El Poder del Jefe II
Dir. René Fortunato
Documentary

 

1991
Trujillo: El Poder del Jefe
Dir. René Fortunato
Documentary

 

1988
Abril: La Trinchera del Honor
Dir. René Fortunato
Documentary
Tráfico de Niños
Dir. Alfonso Rodríguez
Drama
The story of a courageous reporter who tries to uncover a net of child traffickers.
Un Pasaje de Ida
Dir. Agliberto Meléndez
Drama
Based on a true story of the tragic death of 40 Dominican immigrants trying to get to Puerto Rico illegally inside a boat and drowned by the ship’s crew attempting to get rid of the evidence.

 

1983
Guaguasi
Dir. Jorge Ulla
Comedy/Drama
During the Cuban Revolution, Guaguasi, a simple man from the mountains, joins the rebels that march to Havana. When he arrives there, he meets and falls in love with a beautiful singer named Marina.

 

1978
7 Días con el Pueblo
Dir. Jimmy Sierra
Documentary
Rumbo al Poder
Dir. José Bujosa Mieses
Documentary
Viacrucis
Dir. Jimmy Sierra
Documentary

 

1977
El Niño y la Noche
Dir. Adelso Cass

 

1975
El Clan de los Inmorales
Dir. José Gutiérrez Maesso
Crime/Drama
A disappointed mob boss orders one of his own hitmen to be killed.
Pantaleón y las Visitadoras
Dir. José María Gutiérrez Santos y Mario Vargas Llosa
Comedy
Pantaleón Pantoja leaves his wife to participate in a military mission in the Amazon jungle. To his surprise it turns out that his duties will consist of setting up and maintaining a brothel for the frustrated soldiers…

 

1973
La Serpiente de la Luna de los Piratas
Dir. Jean-Louis Jorge
Drama

 

1967
El Esfuerzo de un Pueblo
Dir. Max Pou, Eduardo Palmer
Documentary
Nuestra Historia
Dir. Max Pou, Eduardo Palmer
Documentary

 

1963
La Silla
Dir. Franklin Domínguez
Drama
First full-length Dominican feature; it tells the story of a young man accused of betraying his friends while they were incarcerated because of a suspected plot to assasinate Trujillo.

 

1924
Las emboscadas de Cupido
Dir. Francisco Palau
Comedy
The story of a pair of lovers who want to unite despite lack of consent from their parents, and come up with a plot to achieve their goal.

 

1923
La Leyenda de la Virgen de la Altagracia
Dir. Francisco Palau
Historical (?)
First Dominican film ever made; it tells the story of a Dominican legend of a 16-century Virgin Mary painting.

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