March 19 – 30
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Country: USA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Run Time: 72 minutes
In dusty lots across the Dominican Republic, the next world-class baseball players, the peloteros, are made. There are more Dominican players in the American leagues than all other Caribbean players combined. All major league teams have training camps in the Dominican Republic, where players are scouted and trained for professional potential. Baseball is so important to the reputation of the nation that President Leonel Fernandez joined the opening ceremony when the Cleveland Indians established a new training academy there in May 2011. Every year on July 2nd, 16-year-old star recruits become eligible to sign professional baseball contracts and contend for their once-in-a-lifetime chance to lift themselves and their extended families out of crushing poverty. Talented young players confront ruthless competition and institutional corruption as they struggle to navigate an unfamiliar system that could help them achieve their Major League dreams. Narrated by John Leguizamo, PELOTERO follows two determined prospects, their trainers, and their families as they are encouraged—and sometimes manipulated—by American scouts with millions of dollars on the line. (In English and Spanish with subtitles) – B.B.
Monday, March 26, 2012 at 9:45 PM
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 4:25 PM
Cinema en Español
Jon Paley, Trevor Martin, Ross Finkel
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, and Jon Paley founded Guagua Productions in 2008. Along with unit director Casey Beck, they spent over a year in the Dominican Republic filming PELOTERO. Currently located in New York, they also produce, direct, and shoot short films and commercials.
Day and KNIGHT in Akron
Join us for a full day of CIFF38 programming in Akron on Thursday, March 27th!
Cleveland Foundation Community Day at the CIFF38
Enjoy a FREE day at the Festival, courtesy of The Cleveland Foundation on Monday, March 24th