Dominican Film Festival Reaches Out to Haiti

The 4th Annual Global Film Festival will kick off this week in five cities in the Dominican Republic and, for the first time, in Haiti.

The event, which is expecting some 45,000 attendees, begins Tuesday and runs through Nov. 21.

Funded by the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE) in coordination with the Multimedia Global Institute (IGM), the festival features both dramas and documentaries.

“Global Issues, Personal Stories” is the theme of the festival, which debuted back in 2006.

This year, special guests expected to attend include Madrid-born actress Victoria Abril, who starred, along with Antonio Banderas in Pedro Almodóvar's 1990 movie "¡Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!)"

Award-winning actress and singer Liza Minnelli is also expected to be attendance and to perform in Santo Domingo’s National Theater on Nov. 22.

Haitian film director Raoul Peck, president of the French state film school, La Fémis, is also scheduled to attend the Port-au-Prince, Haiti, screening.

Besides funding the event, FUNGLODE will also cover breakfast and transportation for about 9,000 unprivileged children to attend the festival. In return, the children will be asked to write an opinion-based essay on the movies they saw.

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