DIRECTED BY José María Cabral
Dominican Republic | 109 min.
Spanish with English subtitles

Thursday, September 21st. at 7:00 PM
Miami Dade College’s Tower Theater Miami
1508 SW 8th St.


Dominican Republic’s Official Submission for the 90th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

Most of us have had moments where we have felt ourselves to be prisoners of love. This ingeniously conceived feature from the Dominican Republic’s José María Cabral, meanwhile, explores the possibility of finding love in an actual prison.

Julián is an inmate with a rather peculiar task. At the risk of engendering harsh punishment, Julián communicates across gender-restricted prison yards with Yanelly, having been hired by her ex-husband to act as a messenger. Julián and Yanelly innovate their own form of sign language, which they call “woodpecking.” As they peck away at each other from an otherwise unbridgeable divide, the two fall in love, sparking a precarious secret romance in the face of unusually forbidding odds.

woodpeckers director

José Maria Cabral is a Dominican filmmaker. His credits as writer-director include Excexos (08), Check Mate (12), Arrobá (13), Despertar (14), Detective Willy (15) and Woodpeckers (17).


Director José Maria Cabral and star Jean Jean (pictured above) will be in attendance and the screening will be followed by a reception in Tower Theater Cinema 2, sponsored by Stella Artois.

Ticket Prices:

Miami Film Society and MDC’s Tower Theater Members: $7.50

General Audience: $15

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