Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

JEFFREY

 

Year: 2016
Country: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, FRANCE
Run Time: 78 minutes

JEFFREY
JEFFREY
JEFFREY

When he’s not washing strangers’ windshields to help pay the rent, Jeffrey dreams of stardom as a reggaetón singer. At just 12 years old, he’s determined his days of dodging traffic to earn a handful of pesos are coming to an end. Jeffrey pours his soul into self-written rhymes about growing up in his troubled neighborhood and lively dance routines he hopes will lead to his first big break. Although he and his family face a bleak, impoverished home life in the streets of the Dominican Republic with scarce food and touch-and-go electricity, Jeffrey somehow maintains the wholesome innocence of a child. The simplicity of a game of cops and robbers or an afternoon spent on the limbs of a tree allows Jeffrey’s imagination to run wild. But even in his bravest moments, Jeffrey knows the path to his new future is a steep, uphill battle. In this touching portrayal of hope against all odds, JEFFREY reminds us how to dream fearlessly even when the world warns otherwise. (In Spanish with subtitles) —A.B.

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 6:05 PM

Monday, April 03, 2017 at 11:45 AM

Sidebars
CINEMA EN ESPAÑOL
FAMILY FILMS

Genre
Recommended for Middle School Students +

Competitions
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Music Movies Competition

Director
Yanillys Perez

Yanillys Perez is a director, producer, and actress from the Dominican Republic. She was one of six directors selected for the 2016 Film Independent's Project Involve, a program dedicated to providing filmmaking opportunities to artists inunderrepresented communities.

Filmography
"Esperanzas de Cartón" (2016), JEFFREY (2016)

Producers
Thibaud Billiard, Yanillys Perez

Cinematography
Jan Everetz, Francis Adames, Gibran Abrales, Oliver Mota, Yanillys Perez

Editing
Mathilde Van de Moortel

Print Source

This film is presented with the generous support of MARK and DIANE TRUBIANO.

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