Francisco Forbes was an award-winning director, producer and writer from the Dominican Republic. He was known for his work in television and feature films, and his work often focused on the lives of everyday people and their struggles.
Born in Santo Domingo in 1961, Francisco Forbes was the son of an insurance company executive. He studied film at the University of Miami, and after graduating in 1982, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He worked as an assistant director for various television shows, and eventually began directing his own short films. His first feature film, “Un Día en la Playa” (A Day at the Beach), was released in 1987 and received numerous awards at film festivals across the country.
Throughout the 1990s, Francisco Forbes co-wrote and directed several feature films, including “La Ligua” (The River), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996. He also wrote and directed “Los Olvidados” (The Forgotten), a drama about a family living in a small village in the Dominican Republic. The film was released in 2000 and was nominated for a number of awards, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
In 2003, Forbes wrote and directed “La Llorona” (The Weeping Woman), a supernatural horror film that was a box office success. He also wrote and directed “La Madre” (The Mother), a drama about an immigrant woman struggling to make a living in the United States.
In addition to his work in film, Francisco Forbes also wrote and directed several television series, including “Tiempo de Amar” (Time to Love) and “La Familia” (The Family). He also wrote and directed a number of documentaries, including “Habana Vieja” (Old Havana), “Tierra de Nadie” (No Man’s Land), and “Ni Uno Mas” (Not One More).
Francisco Forbes received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Goya Award for Best Spanish Film, the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 51. He was remembered for his passion for telling the stories of everyday people and his unique vision.