Stateless

Viewpoints

World Premiere

FEATURE | USA, Canada, Dominican Republic, Haiti | 97 MINUTES

STATELESS

Experimental, Women, Documentary, Politics

In 1937, tens of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent were exterminated by the Dominican army, based on anti-black hatred fomented by the Dominican government. Fast-forward to 2013, the Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court stripped the citizenship of anyone with Haitian parents retroactive to 1929, rendering over 200,000 people stateless, without nationality, identity or homeland. In this climate, a young attorney named Rosa Iris launches a grassroots campaign, taking on electoral corruption and advocating social justice. In Stateless, director Michele Stephenson explores the complex history and present-day politics of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Utilizing elements of magical realism and vivid cinematography, combined with gritty hidden camera footage and the legend of a young woman fleeing brutal violence, the film navigates through offices, living room meetings, and into street protests, revealing the depths and personal impact of institutionalized oppression. In this light, the reality of Rosa’s fight becomes clear, as she must keep a balance between her congressional run, and dedication to her family and community. —Deborah Rudolph


CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Michele Stephenson

Michèle Stephenson pulls from her Panamanian and Haitian roots and experience as a human rights attorney to tell provocative stories about personal and systemic liberation. She was recently awarded the Creative Capital Fellowship, the Chicken & Egg Pictures Breakthrough Filmmaker Award, and the Guggenheim Fellowship.

Director
Michèle Stephenson
Producer
Michèle Stephenson, Jennifer Holness, Lea Marin
Screenwriter
Michèle Stephenson
Cinematographer
Alfredo Alcántara, Tito Rodriguez, Naiti Gámez, Nadia Hallgreen, Pedro Arnau Bros Santana, Jaime Guerra
Editor
Sophie Farkas-Bolla
Executive Producer
Joe Brewster, Anita Lee, Sudz Sutherland
Cast
Rosa Iris Diendomi-Álvarez, Teofilo Murat, Gladys Feliz

CONTACTS

International Sales Contact
Michele Stephenson
Rada Film Group
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Phone: 718 864 9312
radafilmgroup@gmail.com
US Sales Contact
Michele Stephenson
Rada Film Group
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Phone: 718 864 9312
radafilmgroup@gmail.com
Press Contact
Sylvy Fernandez
Tribeca Film Festival
SFernandez@tribecafilm.com
Press Contact
Adam Segal
The 2050 Group
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 212 642 4317
adam@the2050group.com
Press Contact
Ashley Lin
Rada Film Group
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Phone: 718 222 4041
ashley@radafilmgroup.com
Print Source
Ashley Lin
Rada Film Group
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Phone: 718 222 4041
ashley@radafilmgroup.com