I Am Carnaval

During the end of February in Dominican Republic, Carnaval happens in every city. In this short documentary, 4 legendary designers of Carnaval in Santiago discuss the different ways they interpret this celebratory event and what the future holds for their household names.

  • Cesar Ernesto Garcia
  • Cesar Ernesto Garcia
  • Damion Gerardo
  • Sage Rivera Quiñones
  • Denise Leon
    Key Cast
    "Roba La Gallina "
  • John Alberto
    Key Cast
    "Roba La Gallina/Lechon"
  • Braulio Lopez
    Key Cast
    "Africa "
  • Xavier Peralta
    Key Cast
    "Brazileiro "
  • Paul Estevez Ortiz
    Director of Photography
  • Ray Medrano
    Color Correction and Co-Editor
  • Maria Garabito
    Sound Editor
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Yo Soy Carnaval
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Cultural
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Dominican Republic
  • Country of Filming:
    Dominican Republic
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Director Biography - Cesar Ernesto Garcia

Born in Harlem, raised in the Bronx of New York, Cesar Ernesto Garcia is an Independent multimedia artist whose parents immigrated from the Dominican Republic.
His work consists of photographs, videography, sound and visual art in many different places and contexts.
With background training and self taught experience, Cesar thrives in hopes of accomplishing his dreams of becoming an Independent Filmmaker/Director.

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Director Statement

Growing up, my mother used to take me and my siblings to the Dominican Republic a lot to visit my family that could never cross the border. The feeling of being with my true genetic family made me feel like there was always a home to go back to. I decided to write all of my experiences and interactions during the prime of High School and began to realize I need to put these stories together and make films. Ever since I put two and two together, I have not been able to let go of my pen and paper. Writing films and adapting the vision has forever changed my life. I am grateful to be able to create and meet individuals who are just as hungry to create and be true to themselves.