UNRAVELING PARADISE PROGRAM 3: BEYOND THE GATES

Director: Dalissa Montes de Oca and Johanné Gómez Terrero
Dominican Republic / 2016 - 2021 / 80 min

Last streamed on Mon, May 2

ALSO SHOWING IN OUR NYC THEATER

Co-presented by the Abrons Art Center and curated by Dessane Lopez Cassell, Unraveling Paradise presents a selection of Caribbean films and artist’s moving image works that pry apart illusions of the region as a tropical “paradise.”

“Beyond the Gates presents a pairing of films that center the experiences of working-class Dominicans. In both Dalissa Montes de Oca’s Pacaman and Johanné Gómez Terrero’s Caribbean Fantasy, the everyday grind of keeping one’s head above water takes precedence, yielding a more nuanced portrait of life, labor, and class in Santo Domingo that purposely departs from the usual tourist fare of sunny shores and colonial architecture.”—Dessane Lopez Cassell

PACAMAN
Dir. Dalissa Montes de Oca, 2021, 23 min

“With her latest short Pacaman, Montes de Oca crafts an alternate vision of Santo Domingo via its bustling informal market, “La Duarte.” A humming soundscape anchors a cinema verité approach that blends both digital and analog formats, as Pacaman shines a light on the market’s vendors and their endless hustle.” —DLC

CARIBBEAN FANTASY
Dir. Johanné Gómez Terrero, 2016, 53 min

“A captivating portrait of love and life on the banks of Santo Domingo’s Ozama River, Caribbean Fantasy follows Ruddy and Morena—a boatman and a married Evangelist—as they navigate a relationship as tenuous as the community they call home. Honing in on La Ciénaga de los Gandules, a barrio long neglected by the city, Gómez invites viewers to consider what lies beyond the veneer of more traditional ‘Caribbean fantasies.’” —DLC