Charleston Carifest exposes Carnaval in the Dominican Republic

Charleston, SC- May 10, 2011.
For 500 hundred years the island nation of the Dominican Republic has reveled in its rambunctious customs – music, dancing, masks and mayhem. The colourful chaotic, subversive, upside down world of carnival in the Dominican Republic is explored in a new documentary, Colores del Carnaval Dominicano to premiere at the Avery Research Institute on May 26, 2011 at 6:00 PM.

Award winning documentary film makers Ruben Duran and Donna Pinnick have produced a film that examines the living tradition of the oldest carnival in the Americas.

“The Documentary is excellent, well designed, well documented, good cinematic pace, agile and entertaining. The visuals play well with the narrative, photos and testimonials”, states Dr. Dagoberto Tejeda.
Dr Silvio Torres-Saillant states, “It is both educational, in a truly meaningful way, and entertaining, in keeping with the spirit of celebration that informs the carnival tradition. One gets to see the Carnaval as a cultural expression that must clearly rank among the world’s best known carnival traditions, such as Rio de Janeiro’s and Trinidad’s.”

The documentary serves as the introduction for Charleston Carifest Caribbean Carnival which is celebrated in June during Caribbean American Heritage Month. Each year Charleston Carifest celebrates a different Caribbean Country and the honour goes to the Dominican Republic this year.

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Contact: Lorna Shelton
PO Box 32278
Charleston, SC 29417-2278

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About Lisa Randle

Lisa is the Education Outreach Coordinator for Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and the Site Coordinator for the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program at the College of Charleston. Lisa is currently working on a PhD in historic archaeology at the University of South Carolina.

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