Third Horizon Film Festival 2021, in partnership with Pérez Art Museum Miami's Caribbean Cultural Institute (CCI), presents a screening of the acclaimed new documentary Stateless. The film traces the complex tributaries of history and present-day politics in the Dominican Republic, as state-sanctioned racism seeps into mundane offices, living room meetings, and street protests.
The screening will be followed by an extended discussion with filmmaker Michèle Stephenson and the film's protagonist Rosa Iris Diendomi-Alvarez, as well as France Francois, founder and CEO of InCultured Company, an organization that works on conflict resolution and reconciliation between Haitians and Dominicans. The discussion will be moderated by filmmaker and Third Horizon member Monica Sorelle.
In 2013, the Dominican Republic's Supreme Court stripped the citizenship of anyone with Haitian parents, retroactive to 1929. The ruling rendered more than 200,000 people stateless, without nationality, identity, or a homeland.
Michèle Stephenson's new documentary, Stateless, traces the complex tributaries of history and present-day politics, as state-sanctioned racism seeps into mundane offices, living room meetings, and street protests. Anyone defending marginalized groups faces threats of violence. In this dangerous climate, a young attorney named Rosa Iris Diendomi-Alvarez mounts a grassroots campaign, challenging electoral corruption and advocating for social justice. As Rosa balances her congressional run with her dedication to her family and community, the full scope of her fight is revealed.
Filmed in chiaroscuro colors, and shot through with elements of magical realism, Stateless combines gritty hidden-camera footage with the legend of a young woman fleeing brutal violence to flip the narrative axis, revealing the depths of institutionalized oppression.