AUDIENCE AWARD – BEST FEATURE
Documentary, 93 mins, Michèle Stephenson, USA, 2020
Co-presented by Roxbury International Film Festival & Women in Film and Video New England
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, retroactive to 1929, rendering more than 200,000 people stateless. Director Michèle Stephenson’s new documentary follows the grassroots campaign of a young attorney named Rosa Iris, as she challenges electoral corruption and fights to protect the right to citizenship for all people.
Official Selection – Tribeca Film Festival, 2020
Special Jury Prize – Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2020