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by Leticia Tonos Paniagua


We meet Janvier in the chaotic streets of Cristo Rey, a crime-ridden barrio of Santo Domingo where the cops play by their own rules and turn a blind eye to the activities of those who pay them off. Proud of his Haitian heritage, Janvier shuns his lighter-skinned father and rebellious half-brother as he tries to carve out an honest existence. But he longs for a better life, free from police harassment, and enough money to reunite with his mother back in Haiti. When he gets the chance to make some extra cash playing bodyguard to Jocelyn, the beautiful younger sister of the local drug kingpin, Janvier finds it hard to refuse. But as the two develop an intense connection, Janvier is forced to make a difficult choice.

international title: Cristo Rey
original title: Cristo Rey
country: Dominican Republic, France, Haiti
sales agent: CID - Compania Internacional Dominicana
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Leticia Tonos Paniagua
film run: 96'
screenplay: Leticia Tonos Paniagua, Alejandro Andújar
cast: James Saintil, Akari Endo, Yasser Michelén
cinematography by: Kika Ungaro
film editing: Angélica Salvador
art director: Giselle Madera
costumes designer: Ferdinando Erbetti
music: Mayreni Morel
producer: Sergio Ehrlich Dit Gobbi
production: Les Films de l'Astre, Linea Espiral

main awards/selection

Toronto International Film Festival 2013 

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