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Parsley (18*) + Director's Introduction

Snapshots: Caribbean Cinema Up Close

A man kisses a pregnant woman on the head in a still from Parsley.

Snapshots: Caribbean Cinema Up Close closes with writer/director José María Cabral’s Parsley, based on the Parsley massacre of 1937.

José María Cabral (Woodpeckers, Hotel Coppelia) tells the story of a pregnant Haitian woman Marie (Cyndie Lundy) and her Dominican partner Frank (Ramón Emilio Candelario). Unbeknownst to them, the massacre of the Haitian population in parts of the Dominican Republic was ordered by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, forcing Haitians to flee to the border.

Troops demanded that victims pronounce the word parsley “perejil” to determine who they thought to be Haitian. As the massacre begins, Marie journeys through the Dominican wilderness in effort to cross the Dajabón River to Haiti.

Tussling with the complexities of race and identity, Parsley explores a rarely discussed historical event through a narrative tale.

We are delighted to have José María Cabral, writer/director of Parsley introduce this screening.

2022 Dominican Republic José María Cabral 83 min

This is screening as part of Snapshots: Caribbean Cinema Up Close.

Locally classified

Please note this screening includes nudity, violence, genocide, and a scene including the killing of a chicken. 

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