InteRDom representatives forged new connections with student groups and faculty at Drexel University during the successful Dominican Film Showcase screening of Anna’s Struggle (La Lucha de Ana) on October 3, 2013, hosted by Café Latino and the Drexel University Spanish Club, in partnership with GFDD. This special screening was organized to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which concludes on October 15.
The event attracted a wide audience of more than 40 Drexel students interested in Latino culture and Spanish language, as well as individuals from the surrounding community attracted by an event showcasing Dominican culture. Dominican filmmaker and producer of Anna’s Struggle, Bladimir Abud, was warmly welcomed by the audience for a Q&A after the screening, where students practiced their Spanish with Bladmir in a lively exchange of questions and discussions about the subject of the film and life as a filmmaker in the Dominican Republic.
InteRDom had the opportunity to meet and network with many students, including the student representatives of the Multicultural Activities Center and the Drexel Spanish Club after the screening. The students were excited to learn about the InteRDom program and the opportunities available to them in the Dominican Republic, and plans are already underway to bring InteRDom back to Drexel in the Spring to present the program to more students on campus in collaboration with the Drexel Spanish Club.
Bladimir Abud, the young and accomplished Dominican film director, producer and screenwriter, is best known for his 2012 film, Anna’s Struggle (La Lucha de Ana). The film won three International Awards, including Best Picture of the year 2012 at the Premios Soberanos. With his films having a social focus, he won awards for Best Short Film at FUNGLODE’s Global Film Festival in 2008 and the Festival of Santo Domingo shorts in 2000. He has directed and produced If I could save you (2010), Blameless (2009), A young man named Juan Bosch (2009) and Los Super (2013).
InteRDom and GFDD thank Dr. Maria de la Luz Matus-Mendoza, Associate Professor of Spanish at Drexel University and creator of Café Latino, and the leaders of the Drexel University Spanish Club, Kahlil Gedin and Heather Conway, for co-hosting this event.
InteRDom, an initiative of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), is the premier internship, research and academic study program in the Dominican Republic. It offers international students the opportunity to research important topics at the forefront of the United Nations agenda, obtain professional experience by interning with Dominican organizations and businesses related to their fields of study and/or earn academic credits by taking courses and seminars at a local university.