16214STATELESS 1
Canadian Documentary Competition

STATELESS

Year 2019
Runtime 95 mins
Language English
Alberta Premiere
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In 1937, tens of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent were exterminated by the Dominican army on the basis of anti-black racism. Fast-forward to 2013: the Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court stripped the citizenship of anyone with Haitian parents, rendering more than 200,000 people stateless.

Director Michèle Stephenson’s new documentary follows the grassroots campaign of Rosa Iris, a young attorney, as she challenges electoral corruption and fights to protect the right to citizenship for all people. Through Iris's eyes, we witness the irreparable damage done by institutional racism and oppression - and we witness what it takes to create change.

Countries

Canada
Festivals
Tribeca Film Festival 2020, Hot Docs Film Festival 2020
Director
Michèle Stephenson
Executive Producer
Joe Brewster, Anita Lee, Sudz Sutherland, Leslie F Fields-Cruz, Sandie Viquez Pedlow
Producer
Jennifer Holness, Lea Marin, Michèle Stephenson
Screenwriter
Michèle Stephenson
Cinematographer
Alfredo Alcántara, Tito Rodriguez, Naiti Gámez, Nadia Hallgren, Jaime Guerra, Pedro Arnau Bros Santana
Editor
Sophie Farkas-Bolla
Music
Ben Fox
Cast
Rosa I Iris Diendomi-Álvarez, Teofilo Murat, Gladys Feliz