Film - Feature | February 21 | 7-9 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall
Dominican-Haitian Julián begins a jail sentence for petty theft inside the notorious Najayo prison just outside Santo Domingo. While navigating the indignities, corruption and everyday violence from both guards and fellow inmates, he becomes immersed in the system of Woodpeckers, the unique sign language the male prisoners use to communicate with women in the adjacent penitentiary just over 400 feet away. Standing in windows or out in prison yards, love and heated liaisons blossom. Shot on location at the actual prison using real inmates for all but the lead roles, it was the first Dominican film to screen at the Sundance Film Festival. 106 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
José María Cabrals arresting drama Woodpeckers (Carpinteros) could be called love in a pressure cooker, but that would be understating its vivid textures and palpable vitality. Andy Webster, The New York Times
This film contains adult content.