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Country: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, FRANCE
Run Time: 78 minutes
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.
Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 6:05 PM
Monday, April 03, 2017 at 11:45 AM
CINEMA EN ESPAÑOL
Recommended for Middle School Students +
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Music Movies Competition
"Esperanzas de Cartón" (2016), JEFFREY (2016)
Thibaud Billiard, Yanillys Perez
Jan Everetz, Francis Adames, Gibran Abrales, Oliver Mota, Yanillys Perez
Mathilde Van de Moortel
This film is presented with the generous support of MARK and DIANE TRUBIANO.