Yale EFFY 2017 Grand Jury Prize to “Death by a Thousand Cuts,”

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EFFY 2017 (L to R) Gerald McElroy, YC ’09, Milagros de Camps German, FES ’17, Juan Mejia Botero, and Maria Lopez-Bresnahan, YC ’78

This year’s Environmental Film Festival at Yale EFFY 2017 awarded its Grand Jury Prize to “Death by a Thousand Cuts,” a documentary on the illegal deforestation of Hispaniola to produce charcoal as a cheap source of fuel for Haiti.  With the sponsorship of Dominican Yale alumni (Milagros de Camps German, FES ’17, Gerald McElroy, YC ’09, and Maria Lopez-Bresnahan, YC ’78), directors Juan Mejia Botero and Jake Kheel’s film submission ( http://deathbyathousandcutsfilm.com/ ) powerfully relates the growing tension between the Dominican Republic and Haiti over this illicit mass deforestation and the behind the scenes complexities  perpetuating the situation.