Carpinteros (Woodpeckers) – first Dominican film ever to premiere at Sundance (September 22-28)

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Carpinteros (Woodpeckers) – first Dominican film ever to premiere at Sundance (September 22-28)

September 22, 2017
September 23, 2017
September 24, 2017
September 25, 2017
September 26, 2017
September 27, 2017
September 28, 2017

In the first Dominican film ever to premiere at Sundance, an inmate uses sign language to communicate with his imprisoned girlfriend at an adjacent institution.


Tall, dark, and handsome, Julián steps off a bus, hands over his clothes, gets his long curly locks chopped off, and becomes fresh meat walking inside the Najayo Prison in the Dominican Republic. He locates his cellblock underneath the moist corner where the Woodpeckers perch. Woodpeckers-prisoners who romance ladies incarcerated at the women’s prison 150 meters across the way-spend their days in affectionate conversation with their lovers through sign language. When Julián encounters Yanelly, a gorgeous spitfire of a woman, he finds love in the last place he imagined. Now he must find a way, through cement, barbed wire, dozens of guards, and murderous exes to win Yanelly’s love, all the while keeping it secret.

** CARPINTEROS actor Jean Jean will join us for a Q&A following the September 26 and 27 primetime screenings, 7:05PM **


Critic Quotes:

“Raw, intriguing and and energetic…” – The Hollywood Reporter

“It provides an opportunity to balance involving visual storytelling with an immersive emotional arc.” – Screen International



Runtime: 108 minutes

Rating: UR

Director: Jose María Cabral

Country: Dominican Republic

Languages: Spanish w/ English subtitles



Friday, September 22: 12:55, 6:00

Saturday, September 23: 11:00AM, 3:05, 7:15

Sunday, September 24: 8:15

Monday, September 25: 11:00AM, 3:10, 5:20

Tuesday, September 26: 1:00, 7:05 (*Q&A with Actor Jean Jean)

Wednesday, September 27: 1:00, 7:05 (*Q&A with Actor Jean Jean)

Thursday, September 28: 11:00AM, 3:10, 5:20



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