Private Project

One Way Journey

One Way Journey tells the story of Ricardo an ex-gang member in his 40’s, who struggles to keep his son Joel out of the streets as he’s being groomed to join a gang. This short film focuses on Ricardo’s journey after coming out of jail as he is trying to start a new life and his desperate attempt of keeping his 11-year-old son away from the path Ricardo once took.

  • Jose Gomez de Vargas
  • Stephanie Hernández
  • Alexandra Santana
  • Ariana Lebron
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Un Pasaje sin Regreso
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  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 20, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Dominican Republic
  • Country of Filming:
    Dominican Republic
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  • Student Project:
  • Palencia Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • Piélagos Film Fest
    May 16, 2022
    Best International Short Film and Best Cinematography Winner
  • Venezia Shorts
    April 5, 2022
    International Shorts Film official selection
  • Guadalajara
    June 14, 2022
    premiere Mexico
Distribution Information
  • In/Out Distribution
    Country: Spain
Director Biography - Jose Gomez de Vargas

José is a Dominican director and all-round cinematographer, involved in editing, screenplay writing, production and post-production.
Besides his movies "Inframundo", "A ritmo de fe" and "Bajo la Sombra de la Sangre" (best Dominican short on the 8th International Film Festival in Santo Domingo), he also contributed to a large number of TV commercials.

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Director Statement

Inspired by the genuine experiences of young peoplewho live in the Dominican Republic's impoverishedneighborhood, this project questions the promise of gangs offering aneasy way out of living in poverty. We aim to explore this topic through adramaturgical device, that uses real experiences to inform fiction.

By creating a platform for young people to freely tackle a subject that shapes their lives'narrative, we are empowering them to realize that they have ownership over their own fate. As a way to explore the tones of the film in eachmoment, we use photography to establish the polarities between characters ineach take and create a second narrative layer. Temperature-wise, the colorpalette for the first part of the film will use predominantly sunny yellowtones and bright blues, contrasting with a more somber and colder palette asthe plot develops.