East Coast Premiere

DIRECTED BY Yanillys Perez

Country: Dominican Republic, France
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 78min
Film Year: 2016
Category: Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Competition

Jeffrey is only 12-years-old, but he helps put food on his family’s table by working as a Santo Domingo windshield washer—and he helps feed his spirit by composing and recording music with his big brother Jeyson.

Director Yanillys Perez sensitively contrasts her loveable subject’s dreams of making it big as a reguetón singer with the complex reality of life on the streets of the Dominican Republic’s teeming capital, a place as marked by poverty as it is by beauty. Jeffrey is a tribute to the resilience of youthful aspiration even in the most daunting circumstances.

This film is also featured in the 2017 Film Festival’s HBO Ibero American Competition Film Category.


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Director: Yanillys Perez
Producer: Thibaud Billiard, Yanillys Perez
Screenwriter: Yanillys Perez
Executive Producer: Thibaud Billiard

Music: Jeffrey, Joselito de la Cruz, Jeyson de la Cruz
Cinematographer: Jan Everetz, Francis Adames, Gibran Abrales, Oliver Mota, Yanillys Perez
Editor: Mathilde Van de Moortel

Cast: Joselito de la Cruz, Junior de la Cruz, Jeyson de la Cruz, Ana Maria de la Cruz

Yanillys Perez

Yanillys Perez’s acting credits include Olivier Assayas’ Carlos (10). Her directorial credits include the short films, Techos Rotos (14), and Firefly (16). Jeffrey (16), her first feature, won the Discovery Prize at Toronto International Film Festival.