Why did you produce this film?
When I first heard about the Mirabal sisters, I felt compelled to tell this incredible story. I felt enormous admiration for their enormous courage, and I knew that they could be a great source of inspiration, not just for other women, but also for all people around the world. They were willing to sacrifice everything, even their lives for the cause of freedom and democracy.

Why is the story important?
We have very few role models that teach us how important it is to fight for what we believe in. There are few stories about people willing to sacrifice their comfort and safety to make the world a better place for our children.

The Mirabals' determination and courage were so extraordinary that it almost belies credibility. I think their example will move people to fight for what they think is important. Maybe not give up their lives in trying, but to be a little braver about what they do, to speak out when they need to, to act when it's called for, or to support others who are trying to make the world a safer and better place.
 
 
 
 


How long have you been working on the film?
I worked on the film for ten years. Seven of the people interviewed on camera and who were witnesses to the Mirabal story died in 2009 most of old age.

Who has been involved?
We first shot in the Dominican Republic with a very small crew. There was myself; director of photography/audio, Obeid Malikyar; associate producer, Angela Rumland; and Dominican director of photography, Jaime Gomez. We followed in the sisters' footsteps: to their home in Conuco, Salcedo); their childhood home in Ojo de Agua; their convent school in La Vega; their husbands' place of imprisonment in Puerto Plata; Santo Domingo, where the women were also imprisoned; and the sugar cane field where they were assassinated. We interviewed their family, friends, classmates, cellmates, co-revolutionaries, government officials, everyone of importance to the story. I interviewed over forty people across the country in a four-week period.


I heard you shot historical recreations. Is that so?
Yes, in 2003 I traveled to Cuba to shoot dramatic recreations. I employed a crew of 50 film professionals, and 100 actors. I hired Cuban director of photography Iván Diaz; and production manager, Raonel Rodríguez. My associate producer was Chilean journalist, Andrea Henríquez, and my assistant director was Ralf Oberti. The main roles were played by Cuban film and television stars. Many people ask me why I shot in Cuba. The reply is that I have had almost no funding, and production costs in Cuba were low enough to allow me to shoot there with my tiny budget.

What part of the post-production are you working on now?
*** Several people worked on the editing of the film at different phases. The first two editors were Ralf Oberti and Jack Jorgens. Then, in the final phase, Jamie Godfrey edited. Rodrigo Vera and Jamie Godfrey collaborated to produce the graphic elements and film titles. The audio was mixed by Javier León and I did the color correction at NVI Post, in Virginia.

*** The Spanish narration was carried out by film star Catalina Sandino Moreno, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the feature "Mary Full of Grace", narrated the documentary. The documentary's director, Cecilia Domeyko, narrated the English version

*** We recorded the documentary music created by Dominican composer Angie del Riego, who also wrote lyrics for the theme song. We did this at IASO Records with Ben de Menil, and a group of Dominican musicians, including lead guitarist Edilio Paredes.

So what´s next?
The documentary has been completed and it is available for sale on DVD on Paypal. It has been on the official list of a dozen festivals and has won four awards.

There is one more important step: promoting the documentary.  If no one hears about it, it won't get seen. Promotion and sending the program to film festivals is important because buyers and distributors go to these events and pick the programs they want to air in their own countries.  All this takes a lot of work and is expensive, but we're hoping we can fundraise enough to send the documentary all the way around the world.

 


Director Cecilia Domeyko

Director Cecilia Domeyko; assistant cameras Randol Menendez and Eric Delgado; director of photography
Ivan Diaz and assistant director, Ralf Oberti


Director Cecilia Domeyko and associate producer
Andrea Henriquez during production


Director Cecilia Domeyko and director of
photography, Ivan Diaz
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
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