A morning at Santo Domingo begins for Jean, a middle-aged Haitian professor on an increasingly desperate journey to find his place in the world or a reason to live. The man disappears into the reality that surrounds him. The bloom of the island’s landscape can’t hide the worries of its inhabitants.


"It is a film we wish to applaud for its simple and complex, rigorous and unsentimental portrait of a desperate life. We were impressed by its expression in an understated, purely cinematic language of one man's journey through a social cataclysm and by the intelligence with which it is incorporated documentary qualities into a fictional construct". 


Jury Jeonju Film Festival, South Korea





67th Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cimenatografica Venezia* Jury Special Mention

Thessaloniki Intl. FF * Bronze Alexander

Miami Intl. FF * Best Script Award

Guadalajara FF* Jury’s Special Prize

Palmas Gran Canaria FF * Best Film Award

Jeonju Intl FF, * Grand Prize

Havana, Signis Special mention

Bafici, Special Mention

Cosquín, Best Feature

Lima FF* Premio del Jurado

Gramado FF, Critics Award

Viña del Mar International Film Festival * Best Director, Critic’s Award, Best Actor

Trinidad y Tobago International Film Festival * Best Feature





Title: Jean Gentil

Genre: fiction / drama

Length : 84 mins. color

Language : spanish / haitian creole

Produced by

Aurora Dominicana / Canana Films / Bärbel Mauch Film

Dominican Republic / México / Germany 


With the support of

The Hubert Bals Fund International Film Festival Rotterdam
Programa Ibermedia

Visions Sud Est - Agencia Suiza para el Desarrollo Cosude

World Cinema Fund / Open Doors Factory




a film by Laura Amelia Guzmán

& Israel Cárdenas