Story Line


Love can spring up in the most unlikely places, and the new film Woodpeckers (Carpinteros) tells one such tale of illicit and slow-boil attraction. Dreadlocked and handsome Dominican-Haitian Julián (actor Jean Jean in a breakout role) 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 "Woodpecking," 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. Julián's entanglement with one female inmate, Yanelly (the astonishing Dominican actress Judith Rodriguez Perez), is the fuse that ignites the events of Woodpeckers, which was shot on location at the actual prison using real inmates for all but the lead roles. Director José María Cabral, whose previous work was the Dominican Republic's official submission for the Foreign Language Oscar, delivers a knockout film, full of atmosphere, sexuality, and grit.

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Cast


Jean Jean

As Julian Sosa

Ramon Emilio Candelario

As Manuary

Judith Rodriguez Perez

As Yannely

Claudio Jaborandy

As Emygdio

Crew


José Maria Cabral

Director

Maria José Pena Ripoll

Producer

Hernan Herrera

Cinematography

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THEATRES

Coming Soon...


Date Theatre City State
Coming Soon..
Sep 15th AMC Empire New York NY
Sep 15th Concourse Plaza Bronx NY
Sep 15th UA Kaufman 14 Astoria NY
Sep 15th Marcus Addison Cinema Addison IL
Sep 15th Marcus South Shore Cinema South Shore WI
Sep 17th & Sep 23rd SF Latino Film Fest San Francisco CA
Sep 21st
(Special Screening with
Actor Jean Jean
Director José María Cabral)
The Tower Miami FL
Sep 22nd The Tower Miami FL
Sep 22nd AMC Aventura Miami FL
Sep 22nd Digital Gym Cinema San Diego CA
Sep 26th & Sep 27th
(Special Screening with Actor Jean Jean)
Digital Gym Cinema San Diego CA
Sep 23rd
(Special Screening with Actor Jean Jean)
Savor Cinema Fort Lauderdale FL
Sep 24th
(Special Screening with Actor Jean Jean)
CineLatino Denver CO
Sep 25th
(Special Screening with Actor Jean Jean)
Boulder Film Series Boulder CO
Sep 28th
(Special Screening with Actor Jean Jean)
Indiana University Cinema Bloomington IN
Sep 29th & Sep 30th
(Special Screening with Actor Jean Jean)
Austin Film Society Austin TX
Oct 2nd
(Special Screening with Actor Jean Jean)
Milwaukee FF Milwaukee WI
Oct 4th
Milwaukee FF Milwaukee WI
Oct 4th
(Closing night film with Actor Jean Jean)
AFI Latin Film Festival Silver Sptings MD
Oct 27th Gene Siskel Film Centre Chicago IL
Nov 2nd Rehoboth Beach FF Rehoboth Beach DE

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