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.