New York, N.Y. July 30, 2010 – The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) presented the red carpet screening of TRÓPICO DE SANGRE yesterday, Thursday, July 29 at 7 PM at the Columbia Univ. 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 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), actor Liche Ariza, actress Luchi Estevez, among other celebrities and talent that were present such as 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 many other industry 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 Trujillo in the 1960’s.
This movie is an action, thriller, 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.”
Past films about the Mirabal sisters and Rafael Trujillo dictatorship, includes “In time of the Butterflies” produced and starred by Hollywood actress Salma Hayek, which was based from Julia Alvarez’s fiction novel by the same name.
The Mirabal sisters were involved in an underground movement to rid Trujillo’s dictatorship. They were known by the name “the butterflies” within their clandestine political movement group. After the sisters’ numerous imprisonments and release, on November 25, 1960, Trujillo sent men to intercept the three women after they visited their husbands in prison. The unarmed sisters were led into a sugarcane field and executed. Their car was later thrown off of a mountain known as La Cumbre, in order to make their deaths look like an accident.
Months later, on the night of Tuesday, May 30, 1961, Trujillo was shot dead by an ambush lead by Antonio de La Maza, who was played by actor Cesar Evora.
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.
Ms. Dedé Mirabal still lives in the same household they all grew up. She has been responsible for keeping their legend alive. At 85 years old, she has recently released her first and only book about her sisters and events called “Vivas en su jardin” (“Alive in their garden”), published by Vintage Español/Random House Publishing.//