Latin America Film Fest: Stateless
Date: October 12, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM
Dir. by Michèle Stephenson. Dominican Republic. 2020. 96 minutes. Haitian Creole & Spanish with English subtitles.
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.
Mugan Boe: The Cry of the Grandmothers (El llanto de la abuelas)
Dir. by Olowailli Green. Panamá/Colombia 4min.
Mugan boe is a call to reconciliation and commemoration of the memory of our grandmothers, seeking to heal and forgive the historical event that occurred with the Spanish invasion that massacred, dispossessed and displaced this ancestral culture. “An buggi binsae, anmal sergan saed igala an iegosuli.” “It worries us, it hurts us, but we will never forget the teachings of our grandmothers and grandfathers.”