ARTS@DRCLAS Film Series: Death by a Thousand Cuts
The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies hosts a screening of Death by a Thousand Cuts, followed by a discussion with Juan Mejía Botero, the film's director, and Jake Kheel, the film's co-director and producer. The talk will be moderated by Brian D. Farrell, Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Film in Spanish and Kreyol with English subtitles.
In Death by a Thousand Cuts, Eligio Eloy Vargas, alias Melaneo, a Dominican Park Ranger in the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park was found brutally murdered by machete. At the time, he was believed to have been on patrol investigating an illegal charcoal production site often run by Haitians coming across the border into protected Dominican forests. This murder becomes the metaphor for the larger story of increasing tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over illicit charcoal exploitation and mass deforestation.