DIRECTED BY Juan Mejía Botero, Jake Kheel

Country: Dominican Republic, USA
Language: Creole, Spanish
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 73min
Film Year: 2016
Category: Special Presentation

Dominican park ranger Eligio Eloy Vargas and his Haitian wife Calina led a life emblematic of the complex relationship between their respective countries—and, just as emblematically, Eligio’s life ended when he was killed in a machete attack against the backdrop of an illegal trade in charcoal.

With investigative rigor and stunning cinematography, filmmakers Juan Mejia Botero and Jake Kheel use Eloy Vargas’ murder case to address rising tensions along the Dominican Republic-Haiti border and larger issues concerning environmental devastation, ethnic violence and the fight over natural resources. Death By a Thousand Cuts was the winner of the Audience Award at the DOC NYC festival.


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Director: Juan Mejía Botero, Jake Kheel
Producer: Ben Selkow, Jake Kheel
Executive Producer: Jeff Skoll, Belissa Balaban, Christy Spitzer, Isaac Lee, Juan Rendon, Eic Douat

Music: Daniel Miller
Cinematographer: Juan Carlos Castañeda
Editor: Adriana Pacheco

Juan Mejía Botero, Jake Kheel

Juan Mejia Botero is an award-winning filmmaker. His directorial credits include the documentary short “Uprooted” (08) and the documentary features The Battle for the Land (12) and Death By a Thousand Cuts (16).

Jake Kheel studied Spanish and Latin American literature at Wesleyan University and environmental management at Cornell University. He has acted as Vice President of the Grupo Puntacana Foundation. Death By a Thousand Cuts (16) is his filmmaking debut.