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Last Saturday, July 30, WAO Chavón Innovation Hub, one of the sustainable social impact initiatives with the aim of promoting Culture created by the Patronato Benéfico Oriental, presented Movies On The Rocks with the feature film “Isla de plástico” (Isle of Plastic) directed by José María Cabral, in coordination with the General Directorate of Cinema (DGCINE) and the Dominican Cinematheque.
Despite the rain, those present were able to enjoy this Dominican production whose objective is to draw attention to the need for an urgent change in plastic consumption, which in our country represents 580 million pounds of waste each year.
The words of welcome were said by Taina Rodríguez, in charge of DGCINE communications, who expressed being honored to join efforts with the “Cinemateca sobre Ruedas” and Movies on The Rocks initiative, whose purpose is to bring national productions and strengthen Dominican cinematography.
On the other hand, Rita Sellares, marine biologist and director of the Dominican Foundation for Marine Studies, FUNDEMAR; added that this feature film seemed very interesting and that it is necessary to promote this type of documentaries to help raise awareness of the importance of the consequences of garbage, especially plastic since at the end of the day the waste ends up in our rivers, beaches, and mountains polluting our natural environments. Proof of this is that, as FUNDEMAR, they see it up close on a daily basis, especially in La Isabela, where Juanita is currently; one of the manatees they protect and monitor.
The spectators were taken by José María Cabral and Nashla Bogaert on tours of emblematic and beautiful places throughout the Dominican Republic and confirmed first-hand that we are a paradise but that unfortunately, plastic is covering us more every day, so we must create programs of zero tolerance for garbage and that each one can make a difference because other countries have already taken the initiative, and although it is a slow process, it can be achieved.
Photos were taken by Mairobi Herrera during the screening of the film Isle of Plastic at WAO Chavón: