After four days of screenings of Dominican films in cities of Canada, the first official Dominican Film Showcase concludes with broad acceptance. The event was organized by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada and the Ministry of Tourism, through its Office of Tourism in Montreal, with the sponsorship of the Directorate General of Cinema (DGCINE).
From May 28 to 31, 2019, a selection of renowned Dominican films was presented in Ottawa-Gatineau and in the city of Montreal. The free screenings gave film lovers and Spanish movies enthusiasts the opportunity to immerse themselves in Dominican films. The three films, "Juanita", "Colors" and "Hay un país en el mundo" were selected to show the diversity of the new Dominican cinema and offer members of the audience an idea about Dominican culture and life. Among the prominent figures of the film industry that attended the event were Leticia Tonos, Director and Producer of the film "Juanita" and Mr. José Rafael Sosa, renowned Dominican film critic, who was in charge of introducing the films "Colors" and "There is a country in the world".
As part of the activities, the colloquium "Promoting culture through films" was held, having as panelists Leticia Tonos, film director; Michael Dobbin, Canadian film producer, Peddy García, Director of the Film and Audiovisual Department of the Dominican Culture Commission in the United States; Sylvie Jasen, International Projects Coordinator at Carleton University; Alicia Mayer González, Director of the campus in Canada of the UNAM, and the film critic José Rafael Sosa, who, during his speech, affirmed that the relationship between films and culture is reciprocal since they transfer back and forth values, knowledge, attitudes, and other standards of behavior.
This was illustrated during the screening of the three Dominican films, which caused a wave of emotions in the audience, among both nationals and foreigners, who on multiple occasions applauded the productions and in the particular case of the Dominican viewers, many could not contain their tears of nostalgia and the feeling of pride that such productions woke up in them.
The Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Canada, Pedro Vergés Ciman, thanked the audience for embracing with such a great enthusiasm the three Dominican films, which are a sign of the sense of commitment that many Dominican filmmakers have with providing high-quality productions, said the head of Mission.