The Dominican Republic is an island powered by music. Its rich sounds reach around the globe. In New York City, the Dominican community brings the vibrancy of their culture to the streets of NYC in a bold and unapologetic way. “Mas Fuerte”, a film by Sean Frank, uncovers a scene of underground “musicologists” in NYC & the DR through their custom sound vehicles. They manage to keep their culture alive, despite their often restrictive environments. From get-togethers at Santo Domingo gas stations to gatherings at secret spots across NYC boroughs, the film follows as they battle one another with the ear-shattering bass of their sound systems, living life at maximum volume, everywhere they go. As they say: Es ritmo, no ruido. It’s rhythm, not noise.

Behind the Scenes Photos by Julia Khoroshilov

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