Yanillys PerezDominican Republic / France78 minutes2016Ages 12- 13Grades 7- 8ColourSpanishN/A
This feature documentary focuses on a 12-year-old street windshield washer in Santo Domingo who yearns to become a reguetón singer, and with the help of his older brother composes and records songs about his life, his neighbourhood, and his dreams for the future.
Twelve-year-old Jeffrey has the responsibilities of an adult, working as a windshield washer on the busy streets of Santo Domingo to help his mom make ends meet at home. But he has big plans to become a reggaeton singer. In collaboration with his older brother Jeyson, he composes and records songs about his neighbourhood, his way of life, and his dreams for the future.
In this documentary film, director Yanillys Perez highlights the resilience and dynamism of his subject. We watch as Jeffrey looks for customers, tries to avoid turf wars with other windshield washers, spends time at home with his family, and climbs his special tree — a tree to which he often speaks of his hopes for a better life. Jeffrey captures a real-life story of a boy trying his best to turn his dreams into reality.
Content Advisory: adult smoking, adult consuming alcohol, limited violent language in a song, toy guns used in play, a lewd gesture (middle finger), children discuss intoxication and violent actions of a parent
Yanillys Perez is a director, writer, producer, and actor. She appeared in Olivier Assayas' Carlos the Jackal (10). Her work as director includes the shorts A Dog Named Emily (09), Del otro lado (11), Techos Rotos (14), and Firefly (16). Jeffrey (16) is her first documentary feature.