Ángeles González -Sinde – “Spain and the Dominican Republic compete in film production”

he Spanish Ángeles González-Sinde is a screenwriter, film director and writer, to mention some of her awards in this formal presentation.
She was recently visiting the Dominican Republic to hold a conversation at the Cultural Center of Spain about the passion that has put her on great podiums to receive Goya awards for Best Screenplay and Film, and Mestre Mateo from the Galician Academy; her experience as Minister of Culture of the Government of Spain and her current position as president of the Board of Trustees of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
She, in one afternoon, somehow traced her personal experience as a screenwriter and director with the changes that exist in the audiovisual business environment, such as cinema, a creative work in which, unlike other artistic disciplines, its development is conditioned by the technology and economic conditions in which films are produced.
Ángeles is the daughter of film producer and screenwriter Jesús María González. When she was very young, she decided to study for a degree in Classical Philology, then a master’s degree in screenwriting at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
During his short-lived stay on the middle island, he exchanged his tan on the white-sand beaches for a cultural banquet at the Museo del Mar, in the Colonial City, and the Centro León, in Santiago. It is at this point in the conversation that I ask you: If a Dominican producer or businessman makes you a proposal to write a script or produce a film, what or who would do it? His response: “I liked the story of Nadal Walcot.
It refers to an artist who was born in 1945 in the Ingenio Consuelo, in San Pedro de Macorís, province of the Dominican Republic. His roots stretch from Saint Martin and the islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean.
Walcot was a self-taught artist, descended from African slaves from the English Caribbean islands, who came to work in the sugar cane industry from the end of the 19th century.
“That mixture of different languages ​​and cultures and the way of living blackness is a source of history that has not been told and inspires me,” says Ángeles.

How do you see Dominican cinema?
Dominican cinema has gained significant momentum in the last 10 years with Law 108-10 for the Promotion of Cinematographic Activity in the Dominican Republic, which in its Chapter VI establishes the Stimulus Regime for Cinematographic Activity in and the possibilities of financing. This has given cinema a huge boost because it is not an art that can be produced spontaneously without a context that favors it. It is very expensive and its dissemination and production depends on many tools, including legal and juridical.

Are we prepared to attract production and investment?
I visited the Pinewood Indomina film studio, located in Juan Dolio (in the province of San Pedro de Macorís) and it is an important bet to bring good production to the island and investments that leave a lot of money in the places where it is filmed and, in that sense, Spain competes with the Dominican Republic because it is a destination for international filming that tries to attract the same investment.

What are the advantages
to promote these initiatives in the country?

Now, the Dominican Republic has the possibility of creating many jobs, the incorporation of more local talents, and that the level of its own cinema will be strengthened with this knowledge.

What makes us compatible in this business?
We Spaniards and Dominicans share a language and it is a heritage that many of the countries in the world do not have and we have been aware, but it is platforms like the United States that have taken more advantage of them.
Spain has a film law and a filming tradition dating back to the 1950s, but now the Government is working to attract more investment in filming that moves large teams of hundreds of people. We both share many hours of daylight, different landscapes, the Dominican Republic has a film academy that, like the one in Spain, of which I was president from 2006 to 2009, seeks to encourage the dissemination and promotion of films so that the local public knows and Thus, they acquire prestige that takes them to international festivals.

Would you like Spain
come to film here?

Ideally, our series and movies can travel and share local natural markets with Latin Americans. I would like very much; We filmmakers like the challenge of the unknown more, in the end it is the engine that drives us to choose that production. You dedicate yourself to cinema because you want to see life from another’s point of view. It is natural to the very vocation of telling stories.