logoToday is the start of the second annual Dominincan Film Festival in NY (DFFNY). The festival will commence with a red carpet at the COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER – William H. Black Building for the NYC premiere and viewing of el Rey de Najayo (The King Of Najayo) a film starring MANNY PEREZ and directed by FERNANDO BAEZ MELLA. The film recounts the “dramatic story of Julian, a Dominican drug lord who despite his confinement in prison, was still able to maintain Dominican society in a state of suspense, for over 12 years”. This is just one of the many films to be shown during the duration of the festival, which officially starts today and runs until Sunday.

“DFFNY’s mission is to promote the new generation of Dominican filmmakers as well as the established one, its film industry and to strengthen the vital and expanding economic and cultural relationship with the United States. We also aim to keep New York City audiences informed about the Dominican Cinema and its relation to the history, politics and social life of this country, as treated by the filmmakers, through the subjects and aesthetic approach they focus on. This showcase will enrich the artistic experience of the city’s diverse population which includes a large constellation of Latinos with roots and links to 21 countries.”

This year’s films included a variety of genres all produced, directed and/or featuring dominican talent. Among the long feature films are JAQUE MATE (Check Mate), PELOTERO (Playball), LOTOMAN 2.0, LA HIJA NATURAL (Love Child), LA LUCHA DE ANA (Ana’s Struggle) and ELLIOT LOVES. There are also numerous short films accepted into the festival. As I mentioned before the films cover an array of genres, from love stories, sports, comedy, suspense, animation, drama and horror.

In the past 5-6 years we have seen an incredible amount of great films come out from the island. Dominican cinema has gone from having a night dedicated to it at the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) to now producing a festival to showcase the plenitude of talent from the Dominican Republic. I can’t wait to start watching all of these amazing films.

For a list of the films scheduled for this years and for showtimes, visit the festival’s website: You may also like their FB fanpage at and follow them on Twitter at:@DFFNYC

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