Shorts Program: Glimpses from Latin America – Sustainability Challenges Affecting Daily Lives

Presented with the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF)


Refugiados do Desenvolvimento (Development Refugees)

Brazil, just like most countries in Latin America, is a source of gold and silver, oil, iron, copper, meat, fruits, coffee, and other raw material. But the wealth goes to the prosperity of few, at the expense of the majority. The richest 1 percent of Brazilians makes almost one hundred times more than the poorest 10 percent, and 13 million Brazilians are illiterate. “Progress” and “development” only magnify the problems.


Directed by Fabio Nascimento

(Brazil, 2017, 9 min.)



Mar Incendiado (The Burnt Sea)

Since 1940, abalone has been the primary fish caught off Isla Natividad, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The inhabitants of this community make efforts to adapt to the threat of climate change.


Directed by Carlos Armella

(Mexico, 2017, 17 min.)



Alimento (Food)


On the Dominican-Haitian border, the struggle to survive is getting harder every day. There is a lot of food being harvested, transported, and sold. But it ends up very far away.


Directed by Mijaíl PeraltaWendy P. Espinal

(Dominican Republic, 2016, 19 min.)



Post-screening discussion feat. Eleonora Isunza (Producer, Mar Incendiado) & Mijaíl Peralta (Director, Alimento). Moderated by Natasha Despotovic (Executive Director, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development/Director, Dominican Repulic Environmental Film Festival).


This is also a collaboration with two environmental film festivals of the region: Filmambiente (Brazil) and Cinema Planeta (Mexico).