With the participation of a diverse group of panelists made up of representatives of the Dominican film industry, as well as Canadian cinema, journalism and the Dominican Government, as well as scholars from Canada and Mexico, was held in Canada the Colloquium "Promoting culture through films". An initiative of the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada with the collaboration of the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism and the Dominican Republic Film Commission (DGCine).
Among the panelists were the Dominican film director Leticia Tonos; Michael Dobbin, Canadian movie producer (Quiet Revolution Pictures Inc.); José Rafael Sosa, Dominican journalist and film critic; Sylvie Jasen, professor at Carleton University, Alicia Mayer González, Director of the Canadian campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM-Canada); and Peddy García, Director of the Film and Audiovisual Department of the Dominican Commission of Culture in the United States.
The colloquium was held at the facilities of UNAM-Canada, where attendees had the opportunity to listen to the perceptions and reflections of the members of the panel regarding the role of films in relation to the promotion of culture, especially in the case of the Dominican Republic.
According to Leticia Tonos, the country's Film Law has not only helped to increase the quality of Dominican productions, but it has also helped to position the image of women above the usual perception that derives from “machismo”. José Rafael Sosa, for his part, affirmed that the relationship between film and culture is reciprocal since values, knowledge, attitudes, and norms of behavior are transferred back and forth between each other.
While film producer Michael Dobbin stressed that, in the case of Canada, in order to preserve the cultural identity of that country it is important that when foreign companies carry out projects in Canada, they should do so through a co-production between both countries to ensure that the national brand of the country receives the corresponding recognition.