Los niños del Batey

The Batey Kids

Direction: Mario Torrecillas
Screenplay: Mario Torrecillas
Production company: PDA Films
Producer: Mario Torrecillas
Edition: Mario Torrecillas

Runtime: 11:12
Format: Digital
Dialogues: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Country: Dominican Republic, Spain
Year: 2011

Wilkin Bautista is a 12-year-old boy who hand-held camera tells us about his neighborhood and its people. He lives in the Batey de San Luis, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), a poor neighborhood that was built around the sugar industry at a time when the country needs workforce to produce sugar. Now the sugar factory no longer exists, but in the Batey Haitians and Dominicans continue living, with their music, their beliefs, baseball... despite the environment of poverty and lack of resources that surround them.