Death by a Thousand Cuts (Muerte por Mil Cortes)


Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library - Main Branch Fri, Apr 21, 2017 12:00 PM
Free Event
Film Info
Director:Juan Mejia Botero and Jake Kheel
Year of Production:2016
Premiere Status:San Francisco Premiere
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In Spanish & Creole with English subtitles
Running Time:73 min.


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 impacts 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.

- Grand Jury Prize, Seattle International Film Festival 2016
- Audience Award, DOCNYC 2016

DISCUSSION WITH: Juan Mejia Botero, filmmaker (via Skype)

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Juan MejiaJuan Mejia Botero has worked extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean where he has directed a number of films around matters of forced displacement, ethnic autonomy, state violence, and the competition for natural resources, which have played widely in the festival circuit and also television. Juan’s directorial debut, Uprooted, won a number of awards and aired nationally on PBS. His feature documentary The Battle for Land, was a winner of a production grant from the Colombian Ministry of Culture Cinema Fund and a postproduction grant from the Tribeca Film Institute.

Jake KheelFor over ten years Jake Kheel has been Vice President of Sustainability of Grupo Puntacana in the Dominican Republic, successfully implementing sustainability programs that have garnered the company many global sustainability awards. In 2001, Jake saw firsthand the relentless deforestation in the Sierra de Bahoruco and the potential for conflict between neighboring Haiti and the Dominican Republic over this unique national park. Jake has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Cornell University an and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Latina American literature from Wesleyan University.