During the Catalan independence referendum, Marie, a dominican filmmaker, documents the cultural identity of Sory, a small business owner, single mother and lesbian. Despite becoming friends and after having agreed to being filmed from the outset, Sory turns away Marie’s camera from the hair salon when her son migrates illegally to Spain. Marie returns to her country and turns the camera toward Lisset, Sory’s daughter. Lisset has to decide whether to move to Barcelona with her mother or to stay in Santo Domingo with her children. Amid flags and polarized societies, Marie exposes a family divided by frontiers more complex than those set up by the water that surrounds the island.
Sofie MarcosDirector of Photography
Israel CardenasEditingSand Dollars, Holly Beast, Jean Gentil
Soraya SueroKey Cast
Lisset SueroKey Cast
Emmanuel SueroKey Cast
Project Title (Original Language):D'Sory
Project Type:Documentary, Feature
Runtime:1 hour 6 minutes 56 seconds
Completion Date:September 1, 2020
Production Budget:200,000 USD
Country of Origin:Dominican Republic
Country of Filming:Dominican Republic, Spain
Marie Jiménez is a multidisciplinary artist with an AAS
in Fine Arts from Chavon, Dom. Rep; a BFA from Parsons,
NYC; a Masters in documentary filmmaking from ECIB,
barcelona; and, numerous workshops from Chavon,
DGCINE, and EICTV.
The Dominican newspaper Listin Diario, published an
article titled ‘Marie Jimenez Fighter‘ in 2014. While living
in NYC Marie worked as a teaching artist with the Romare
Bearden and Doing Art Together.
In 2015 Marie constitutes Cuaba, and later in 2016, wins
FONPROCINE and attends the training ground of the FEST.
In 2018 Remezcla publishes an article titled ‘10 young
artists leading the New Wave of Dominican Art’ featuring
2013. Al Compás. 12 min
2013. Untitles III. 7 min 37 seg
2014. Untitled IV. 17 min
D’Sory derives from an interest in understanding the Dominican cultural identity of those that migrate for economic reasons and their relationship with those left behind.
From my apartment in Barcelona I could listen to the bachata and the loud voices of women speaking all at once. The first time I entered the hair salon Sory was drying a woman’s hair while saying: ‘that’s like a women telling me “lets have a
quickie”... of course Ima say yes!’.
At the “salón”, a space where Dominicannes is redefined, culture is in constant flux, do to the communication between the people in the island and the diaspora.
This led me to discover how freedom and acceptance could feel close to a culture that dances Bachata, Dembow and follows magic-religious traditions.
Back in Santo Domingo the relationship I developed with Lisset, Sory’s daughter, confronted the reality of the one that was left behind.