About the Initiative

As a part of its mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of the Dominican culture, values and heritage, and to create opportunities for discussions of contemporary issues relevant to the Dominican society in the homeland and abroad, GFDD reaches out to the Dominican community living the New York Metro Area and to all those interested in the Dominican culture by organizing ongoing events: Dominican Get-togethers in the Big Apple.

The objectives are:
- To enjoy and celebrate Dominican culture, its prominent figures and its upcoming talents;

- To promote a better understanding of the Dominican culture’s richness and diversity;

- To create a space for reflection and discussion of topics relevant to the Dominican community in the US and in the homeland;

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Film Title (Original): The Republic of Baseball: The Dominican Giants of the American Game
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic/United States
Year of Completion: 2006
Running Time: 83 min.
Format/Color/BW: Digibeta/Color
Language: English / Spanish Subtitles

Film Credits
Director: Daniel Manatt
Producers: Daniel Manatt, Rob Ruck
Screenwriter: Rob Ruck
Cinematographer: Lance Gewer
Editor: Bret Granato
Music: Mark Kilian, Paul Hepker
Participants: Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto, Kenneth Nkosi, Mothusi Magano, Zenzo Ngqobe

Film Synopsis

The Republic of Baseball: The Dominican Giants of the American Game is the story of Felipe Rojas Alou, Juan Marichal, Manny Mota,Ozzie Virgil and Felipe’s brothers Mateo and Jesus who prepared the wayfor the Dominicans who dominate Major League Baseball today. Despite their fame, the story of the heroism they showed in their fight for triumph has gone largely untold – until now. | Read More >

Date: April 16
Hour: 7 PM
School of Visual Arts - Beatrice Theatre
333 West 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenue)
New York, NY 10011