Born in the Dominican Republic, one of eleven children, Manny Perez emigrated to Rhode Island at the age of eleven. He often returned to his mountain village where electricity and running water were rare. From two traumatic incidents he witnessed there, Perez has written La Soga (The Rope). A violent, kinetically paced Spanish language thriller about a government executioner (Perez) and his country’s twisted dealings with the ruling military enforcers who are, in turn, ruled by the US and the CIA. La Soga is also a calling card for an actor typecast as villains (16 minutes).