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Synopsis: AVAILABLE AUGUST 13th AND 22nd | 10:00 AM – MIDNIGHT

Somalia, an unassuming and gifted teen, spends his days on the beaches of the Dominican Republic honing his kite-surfing talents. When the promising young athlete enters a competition with the potential to lift him out of the poverty in which he grew up, he attracts the attention of an ostensibly benevolent European sponsor with questionable intentions.


Strong Language



Run Time

112 minutes


Adeuri Corniel (Somalia)
Stephane Freiss (Gerard)
Lucie Debay (Francesca)
Juan Maria Almonte (Bartolo)

Directed by

Ivan Bordas

Written by

Ivan Bordas
Tony Rettenmaier
Tom Berry

Prod. Company

Filmicana -

Director's Statement

Growing up in The Dominican Republic I wanted to portray the multicultural and sometimes hedonistic journey the local athletes of Cabarete embark, as they delve in La Dolce Vita while heading towards greatness, or perdition. Adeuri Corniel, who stars in “Cabarete”, is a genuine teenage kitesurfer from Cabarete who went on to become Champion of the world after filming ended. He is the true embodiment of what the story is about.

Director's Bio

Ivan Bordas was born in January 1986, in The Dominican Republic, where he started writing and directing commercials, shorts, and documentaries. He is known for directing “A Good Friend” (2008) and “The Beach” (2013). In 2016 he received a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.


Barbados Independent Film Festival - Barbados - 2020

Best Caribbean Feature Narrative (Cabarete)

Official selection

Whistler Film Festival - Canada - 2019

Funglode Film Festival - Dominican Republic - 2020

Country of Origin

The Dominican Republic

Production Year


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