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Recommended for GCSE and equivalent level Spanish
This study morning will look at relevant themes including music, friendship, family life, poverty, education, and references to social issues in contemporary Dominican Republic.
An English intro to the film will provide contextual information and key Spanish vocab. The screening will be followed by exercises plus a discussion relating to the characters of the film, the narrative, intercultural differences, film genre conventions and style.
Led by Carmen Herrero, Head of Spanish at Manchester Metropolitan University
Screening: Jeffrey (PG)
Dir Yanillys Pérez/Dominican Republic/France 2016
78mins/Spanish with English Subtitles
12-year-old Jeffrey is a small boy with big dreams – he hopes to rescue his household from destitution by becoming a Reggaeton singer. The third of nine children, he’s fiercely loyal to his family, and sweetly protective of his younger sister. He’s driven by both ambition and a strong work ethic, whether he’s recording a song or washing car windscreens. His resilience and enthusiasm is infectious and you’ll be rooting for him all the way in this tale of hope and strength against the odds, which blurs the lines of reality with a fascinating blend of documentary and fiction.
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