The Toronto International Film Festival’s Discovery section showcases films from up-and-coming directors who promise to be the future of world cinema. One of the films in this section is the documentary “Jeffrey,” which follows a 12-year-old street washer working in Santo Domingo in order to help his mom make ends meets. But Jeffrey has bigger plans of becoming a reggaetón singer, and with the help of his older brother Jeyson, he composes and records songs about his neighborhood and his way of life. The real-life story captures the layered beauty of the Dominican Republic and the stylized story of a child trying to achieve a dream. Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.
The film is the feature-length documentary by Yanillys Perez. She has previously directed the short films “A Dog Named Emily,” “Del otro lado,” “Techos Rotos,” and “Firefly.” She also previously acted in Olivier Assayas’ miniseries “Carlos,” about the 1970s Venezuelan revolutionary Carlos the Jackal, which premiered out of competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and “Bushwick,” a crime drama about the murder and investigation of a runaway Mexican-American teen in Brooklyn.
“Jeffrey” screens at the Toronto International Film Festival on today, September 14th and Saturday, September 17th.