Dominican Republic | 2020 | 96 minutes | Color | DVD | Spanish, Haitian Creole | Subtitled | Order No. W201265 |
STATELESS, the new film from the critically acclaimed filmmaker of American Promise, looks at the complex politics of immigration and race in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, using a combination of magical realism and hidden camera techniques.
Filmed with a chiaroscuro effect and richly imbued 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.
"The covert cinematography one sees throughout STATELESS illustrates the personal risks that subjects like Rosa and Juan Teofilo assume while bringing such stories to light"
“A chilling and important look at how hate speech can lead to outright violence and a populace that’s fearful of speaking up against outright injustice."
"A fascinating, often infuriating work of non-fiction, Stateless is a richly textured piece of filmic revolution."
“Stateless shows how easily systemic racism and political power can erode a society like a virus... It is a cautionary reminder of how easily one can become a stranger in your own home."
“Stateless is yet another example of the xenophobia and racism that plagues the world.”
"Stephenson’s nonjudgmental approach, cross-cutting between the two women, exposes the hypocrisy of nationalism, and the toll on those who fight it."
“Stateless points out universal themes of access to citizenship, migration and systemic racism.”
"A taut, scarifying portrait of a Haitian population under siege."
"Stephenson’s film is confronting and even radical as it points to corruption and systemic abuse."
"The use of both visual and thematic chiaroscuro beside the folk tale and the use of dramatic editing create a strong narrative that keeps the viewer watching until the very end...highly recommended."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Best Feature Documentary, BlackStar Film Festival
- Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature, Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival
- Best Feature Film Audience Award, Boston Latino International Festival
- Tribeca Film Festival
- Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival
- Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)
- DOC NYC Film Festival
- DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver
- Haiti International Film Festival
- Toronto Black Film Festival
- Calgary International Film Festival
- FIN Atlantic Film Festival
- Ottowa Black Film Festival
- Third Horizon Film Festival
As co-founding member of the Rada Film Group, filmmaker, artist, and author Michèle Stephenson draws from her Panamanian and Haitian roots and international experience as a human-rights attorney to tell provocative stories in a variety of media that speak to personal and systemic liberation. Her work has appeared on numerous broadcast and web platforms, including PBS, Showtime, and MTV. Her most recent film, American Promise, was nominated for three Emmys, including Best Documentary and Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story. The film also won the Jury Prize at Sundance, and was selected for the New York Film Festival’s Main Slate Program. Stephenson was recently awarded the Creative Capital Fellowship and the Anonymous Was a Woman Award, as well as the inaugural Chicken & Egg Pictures Breakthrough Filmmaker Award. She is also a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow. Her current feature-documentary work in progress is supported by the National Film Board of Canada and the Sundance Documentary Fund. Her community-engagement accomplishments include the PUMA BritDoc Impact Award for a Film with the Greatest Impact on Society and a Revere Award nomination from the Association of American Publishers. She is a fellow of the Skoll Stories of Change initiative and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. Her recent book, Promises Kept, written with co-authors Joe Brewster and Hilary Beard, won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. (1/21)
The NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA, HUNGRY EYES MEDIA, and RADA FILM GROUP present STATELESS, a film by MICHÈLE STEPHENSON
HISPANIOLA PRODUCTIONS in co-production with The NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
Written and Directed by Michèle Stephenson Produced by Jennifer Holness, Lea Marin, Michèle Stephenson Executive Produced by Anita Lee, Joe Brewster, Sudz Sutherland Executive Producer for Black Public Media: Leslie Fields-Cruz Executive Producer for Latino Public Broadcasting: Sandie Viquez Pedlow Featuring Rosa Iris Diendomi-Álvarez, Teofilo Murat, Gladys Feliz Directors of Photography: Alfredo Alcántara, Tito Rodriguez, Naiti Gámez, Nadia Hallgren, Jaime Guerra, Pedro Arnau Bros Santana Edited by Sophie Farkas-Bolla Music Composed by Ben Fox
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