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Thursday, 14 April 2022 | 12:30 La Maison du Cinéma

                                    Poster of Apatrides

Best Feature Documentary Award – BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia – 2020
Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature – Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival – 2020
Best Feature Film Audience Award – Boston Latino International Film Festiva – 2020
Official Selection (World Premiere) – Tribeca Film Festival – 2020
Official Selection – Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) – 2020

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. The ruling rendered more than 200,000 people stateless, without nationality, identity or a homeland. In this dangerous climate, a young attorney named Rosa Iris mounts a grassroots campaign, challenging electoral corruption and advocating for social justice. Director 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.

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.


Michèle Stephenson


Michèle Stephenson


Canada - Ontario








Spanish and Creole, subtitled in French


ONF - Office national du film du Canada
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In the presence of

Michèle Stephenson

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 Festivals' Main Slate…

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  • Thursday, 14 April 2022 | 12:30 - La Maison du Cinéma