New York.– The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) presented the red carpet screening of Tropico de Sangre (tropic of blood) last Thursday at 7 p.m. at Columbia University’s Alumni Auditorium. Tickets were sold out and the media press was over capacity.
The NYILFF has been presented by HBO® for the past 11 years. Tropico de Sangre was sponsored by Heineken.
The film’s director Juan Delancer, producer Joan Giacinti were present, as well as cast members Michelle Rodríguez, who played Minerva Mirabal, Juan Fernandez (Trujillo), Sergio Carlo (Manolo Tavarez), Celines Toribio (Dedé Mirabal), Liche Ariza, Luchi Estevez, among others.
Also present were Henry Santos Jeter from the band group Aventura, singer and actress Lizette Santana, host Patsy Arias, rocker Wilda Mendez, festival founder Calixto Chinchilla, Univisión hosts and other personalities.
“Tropico de Sangre” is a film centered on the political history of the Mirabal sisters who would come to represent the greatest threat to the regime of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo in the early 1960's.
This movie is an action, thriller, and drama, full of suspense, humor and deeply moving, especially for those whom have known the real live story for decades. As the film director himself described it “this time, I feel, we have better contextualize the story, placing it in a more relevant time and space with our idiosyncrasies and history.”
In 1999, the United Nations established the day of November 25th, as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to commemorate the murder of the three Mirabal sisters.
The only surviving sister Dedé Mirabal, also starred in the film, she was also played by actress Celines Toribio.
Ms. Dedé Mirabal still lives in the same household they all grew up. She has been responsible for keeping their legend alive.