Left to right from top: Leticia Tonos, Jose Rafael Sosa, Erika Alvarez, Carlos Veras Center Bottom, Dominican Republic Embassy Staff, center, Ambassador to Canada Pedro Verges Ciman

Toronto – June 4, 2019: The Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada and the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism with the support of The Dominican Republic Film Commission (DGCINE) hosted the 1st Official Dominican Film Showcase in Canada with much success last week.

From May 28 to 31, 2019, a selection of award-winning Dominican films was featured in the Ottawa-Gatineau area and in the city of Montreal. The free screenings, open to the public, gave movie lovers and Spanish film-enthusiasts a chance to immerse themselves in Dominican Spanish-language films. The three films, “Juanita”, “Colours” and “Hay un País en el Mundo” were selected to showcase the diversity of the new Dominican cinema and provide audience members with some insight into Dominican culture. Highlights of the Dominican Film Showcase 2019 include Leticia Tonos, director of “Juanita”, introducing her film and Mr. Jose Rafael Sosa, a renown Dominican Film Critic, presenting “Colours” and “Hay un País en el Mundo” to attendees during the opening nights in Ottawa and Montreal.

As part of all the activities, the film colloquium “Promoting culture through cinema” was held, at the UNAM facilities, with the presence of Leticia Tonos, film director, Michael Dobbin, Canadian film producer, Peddy García, director of the Film and Audiovisual Department of the Dominican Commissioner of Culture in the United States; Sylvie Jasen, Coordinator of International Projects at Carleton University; Alicia Mayer Gonzalez, director of the Canadian campus the UNAM-Canada; and the Dominican journalist and film critic José Rafael Sosa, who, during his speech, affirmed that the relationship between cinema and culture is reciprocal since values, knowledge, attitudes and rules of behaviour are transferred to each other.

“It was demonstrated, in a special way, the excellent reception of this 1st showcase, by presenting the documentary “There is a country in the world”, whose projection caused a wave of emotions in the audience of Montreal, both among nationals and foreigners, who on seven occasions celebrated with applause the production of José “Pinky” Pintor. And in particular case of the Dominican spectators, whom at large could not contain the weeping, fruit of the nostalgia and the feeling of pride that the documentary woke up in them”, expressed the Dominican Film Critic, Jose Rafael Sosa.

The ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Canada, Pedro Vergés Ciman, thanked the audience for the great reception of the three Dominican films, which are a sign of the commitment that many Dominican filmmakers have assumed by providing quality productions, said the head of Mission.

“Nearly one million Canadians a year come to visit us in the Dominican Republic, attracted by our hospitality and beautiful beaches. We are proud of it, and even more of those who come

back year after year and begin to build strong friendships. As a result, some visitors want to know more about us and watching our movies is a good starting point,” said Cosette Garcia, Director of the Dominican Republic Tourism Promotion office in Montreal, at the opening night in Montreal.

About the Dominican Republic

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