Perejil (Parsley)

In 1937, near the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Marie, a young Haitian woman, is expecting her first child with Frank, her doting Dominican husband. Despite rising racial tensions in the area, Marie and Frank are living a peaceful life as they prepare for the baby. One night, she is awakened by distant screams and Frank rushes out to investigate. The immediate execution of all Haitians on Dominican soil has been ordered – the so-called “Cut” – by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, and what seals a victim’s fate is how they pronounce the word “perejil” (parsley), an indicator of where they are from. With nothing but the clothes on her back, Marie takes off to find Frank in the next town over. Alone in the mountains, nine months pregnant, and with nowhere to hide, she must make her way through the dense hinterland before the Parsley Massacre catches up with her.


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Perejil (Parsley) (2021)

Feature (85mins) Narrative


Dominican Republic


No Rating


José María Cabral


Fri 23 Sep 2022, 8.00pm, MovieTowne, POS—Screen 09

Tue 27 Sep 2022, 8.00pm, MovieTowne, POS—Screen 09

T+T Premiere

José María Cabral

José María Cabral

José Maria Cabral is a Dominican film director,screenwriter, and producer. He started making films when he was 16 years old, giving private screenings of his work to family and friends at local movie theatres. One of his short films, ‘Excexos’, got national distribution. His first feature film, ‘Jaque Mate’ (2011), was screened at a number of film festivals and selected as the Dominican entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. ‘Arrob’, ‘Despertar’ and ‘Detective Willy’ followed. Cabral premiered ‘Carpinteros’, a film about the realities and relationships of prisoners in Dominican jails, at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. He also represented the Dominican Republic’s Oscar submission with his following film ‘The Projectionist’ (2019).

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