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Dominican Republic / Mexico / Germany, 2010 (MIFF 2011, International Panorama)

Director: Laura Amelia Guzman, Israel Cardenas


"Documentary-like in its attention to detail and shot in impeccably composed images... traces the slow voyage into oblivion of a talented immigrant looking for his place in a world that thinks it doesn't need him." - Variety

Filmmakers Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas follow up their award-winning debut Cochochi (2007) with this quasidocumentary about Jean - a dignified, well-educated Haitian man reduced to a shadow of his former self after relocating to neighbouring Dominican Republic.

Focusing on the minutiae of Jean's everyday existence and observed with respectful detachment, the filmmakers take us on Jean's pilgrimage from city to countryside as he seeks to regain both his faith and purpose.

"This quietly desperate and deeply sympathetic portrait speaks volumes about the trials of humanity." - San Francisco Film Festival

D/S Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas P Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cardenas, Pablo Cruz, Bärbel Mauch WS Aurora Dominicana L Spanish, Haitian Creole w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010

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