Death By A Thousand Cuts (Muerte por Mil Cortes)

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Part of the San Francisco Green Film Festival 2017: April 20-26!

Death By A Thousand Cuts (Muerte Por Mil Cortes)

With exquisite cinematography, Death By A Thousand Cuts uses the character-driven murder investigation on the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic to unpack the broader exigent issues of deforestation. The film interweaves the many sides of the story of Melaneo’s murder, a Dominican Park Ranger in the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park, told through: his Haitian wife Calina, brother Chichi, local reporter Luis Medrano and a Haitian Nené working as a Dominican park ranger, all representing different perspectives on a complex socio-political issue. In parallel, the film explores the larger backdrop of the rapidly changing reality on the Dominican and Haitian border due to the illegal charcoal trafficking trade. Deforestation cuts deeply across the economic, social and security fabric of both countries and has far-reaching consequences in both nations.

Juan Mejia Botero and Jake Kheel, USA, 2016, 73 mins

Spanish and Creole with English subtitles

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