Woodpeckers, from Dominican Republic, to screen at IFF Panama’s closing ceremony


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Costa Rica, Cuba, Martinique, Dominican Republic, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago make up IFF Panama’s ‘Stories from Central America and the Caribbean’ Section.

Carpinteros | Woodpeckers

The sixth edition of the International Film Festival of Panama brings a showcase of Central American and Caribbean films that include two world premieres and the exceptional Woodpeckers, thus continuing its commitment to serve as the main platform for the region’s emerging cinema.

The latest film from Dominican helmer José María Cabral, Woodpeckers will grace the festival’s closing ceremony. Cabral will be attend the screening along with his two leading actors, Judith Rodríguez and Jean Jean. The latter will bring his own film to the festival, a documentary about his mother titled God Willing, Yuli.

The following films round out IFF Panama’s ‘Stories from Central America and the Caribbean Section: Hold Me Like You Used To (Costa Rica), Behind There’s Lightning (Costa Rica, Mexico), Battledream Chronicle (Martinique), Bad Lucky Goat (Colombia), Cimarronaje en Panamá (Panama), The Sound of Things (Costa Rica), Jeffrey (Dominican Republic/France), Play The Devil (Trinidad & Tobago/Bahamas/USA), Santa & Andrés (Cuba/France/Colombia).

(See full listing)

“Panama is a window to the world. In the Caribbean and Central America, there are so many shared traditions,” commented Ari Maniel Cruz to Variety. Cruz, director of Before the Rooster Crows, which screened in last year’s edition, is one of many regional directors that have exhibited their work at IFF Panama throughout the years.

Through these moving and pressing stories, IFF Panama 2017 brings its audience closer to a regional industry that is rising before our eyes.

Stories from Central America and the Caribbean
Title Director Year Country
BAD LUCKY GOAT Samir Oliveros 2017 Colombia
BATTLEDREAM CHRONICLE Alain Bidard 2015 Martinique
BEHIND THERE'S LIGHTNING Julio Hernández Cordón 2017 Costa Rica,Mexico
CIMARRONAJE EN PANAMÁ Toshi Sakai 2016 Panama
GOD WILLING, YULI Jean Jean 2015 Haiti,Dominican Republic
HOLD ME LIKE YOU USED TO Jürgen Ureña 2017 Costa Rica
JEFFREY Yanillys Pérez 2016 Dominican Republic,France
PLAY THE DEVIL Maria Govan 2016 Trinidad & Tobago,Bahamas,USA
SANTA & ANDRES Carlos Lechuga 2016 Cuba,France,Colombia
THE SOUND OF THINGS Ariel Escalante 2016 Costa Rica
WOODPECKERS José María Cabral 2017 Dominican Republic


The IFF Panama Foundation
The International Film Festival of Panama Foundation (IFF Panama Foundation) is a non-profit organization created to support the International Film Festival of Panama while promoting cultural and educational activities as an integral part of the event. The Festival is supported primarily by the Ministerio de Comercio e Industrias (MICI), the Dirección General de Cine (DICINE), the Autoridad de Turismo de Panamá, Mastercard®, Copa Airlines, Stella Artois, Revista K, TVN and Telemetro, among other generous sponsors.