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By Chris Diego/Dominican Today correspondent in New York.

NEW YORK.- On the corner of 181st and Broadway lies Coliseum Theatre, homage to all movie goers in Washington Heights, a scattered line is formed under the rain, enthusiastic to see what is to be the premiere of the 2007 Dominican motion picture, ‘Sanky Panky’.

Fans in the front wear matching ‘Sanky Panky’ shirts, anticipating the movie from its reviews that came overseas.

Starring in this Caribbean comedy is Fausto Mata, a smooth talking ‘Sanky Panky’ with a Chris Tucker charisma. He is on a mission to seduce American and European tourists into getting himself a visa, and in doing so, gets into constant ordeals in reaching his dream. "It depicts a Dominican character so well," says Maria Fernandez, a Washington Heights moviegoer and exuberant fan of the film.

Problems arose with distributors over DVD piracy. Half the neighborhood had already seen the movie even before the NY premiere. For small independent companies that are involved with such projects suffer a huge loss, considering even a 5% drop in sales is significant.

‘Sanky Panky's impact with both the movie industry and the unveil-lance of a microcosm of Dominican culture might be the first spotlight shed on the Dominican-American diaspora. Hopefully this will be a start of a beautiful relationship.

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Written by: Elias D., 23 May 2007 8:35 PM
From: Bronx, NY
People please don't buy bootleg dvds of Dominican movies. Your hurting the young Dominican film business. The film industry is becoming a source of jobs in the country. I can't wait till we start making telenovelas. I'll be glued to my tv. LOL Hopefully it will be good. :)
Written by: Carloman, 24 May 2007 11:35 AM
From: Brooklyn, New York
Well said Elias, but we need more than just wishful thinking to get beyond this problem. All states around the world as a matter of fact needs to enforce copyright laws... but DR specially...
Written by: LaMayimba, 26 May 2007 10:47 PM
From: New York
The piracy in New York was what killed this great film. In the DR the movie had a full run before piracy commenced. Because of the New York situation, there will be no prayer for a national distribution or for a run in Puerto Rico as was contemplated.

It is not only the folks that pirated the film (those intimately involved with production - the inner circle), but the people who buy the film in hoards and do not support it in the movie. If people said "no" piracy would immediately halt.
Written by: DOMINGO, 26 Aug 2007 2:41 PM
From: NEW JERSEY
WELL SAID GUYS! I AGREE BUT I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABAUT IT.FIRST OF ALL IM A 100% AGAINST PIRACY I THINK IS A CANCER. BUT MANY OF THE COMPANIES THAT PRODUCE THESE MOVIES ARE NOT DOING ENOUGH TO STOP IT. THEY NEED TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR US THE CONSUMERS TO OBTAIN THIS MOVIES. THEY SHOULD SHOW A LINK ON THE MOVIE WEBSITES WHERE ONE CAN OBTAIN THESE MOVIES IN ORDER TO FIGHT PIRACY I THINK THATS THE MAIN REASON PEOPLE DECIDE TO BUY PIRATE MOVIES BECAUSE ITS EASIER TO GO LOOK FOR A NIDDLE ON A HAYST
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