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Stateless

Michèle Stephenson
2020 | 95 min 30 s
HISPANIOLA PRODUCTIONS in co-production with The NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
Original version in Spanish and Haitian Creole with English subtitles

Selections and Awards

  • Best Feature Documentary AwardBlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia, USA (2020)

  • Special Jury Prize - Canadian FeatureHot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada (2020)

  • Best Feature Film Audience Award Boston Latino International Film Festival, USA (2020)

  • Official Selection (World Premiere) Tribeca Film Festival, New York, USA (2020)

  • Official Selection DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2020)

  • Official SelectionTrinidad and Tobago Film Festival (2020)

  • Official SelectionRencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), Montreal, Canada (2020)

  • Official SelectionChicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF), Chicago, USA (2021)

  • Official Selection NorthWestFest, Edmonton, Canada (2021)

  • Official Selection NorthWestFest, Edmonton, Canada (2021)

  • Nominee - Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary Canadian Screen Awards (2021)


Synopsis


About the film


Director’s Statement

Trailer


Trailer - 35 s


Clip 1 - Moraime


Clip 2 - Gladys and the national mouvement group


Clip 3 - Rosa runs for Congress


Images

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Young boys run through a Dominican sugar cane field.
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Rosa Iris meets with two young women.
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A woman stares into the endless sugar cane fields.
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Young Dominican boy
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Juan Teofilo Murat, Rosa's cousin
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Rosa Iris doing community work
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Rosa Iris with Juan Teofilo Murat
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Rosa Iris on the Campaign trail
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People crossing a bridge at the Frontier between Haiti and the Dominican Republic
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People crossing river at the Frontier between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Team


Michèle Stephenson
Writer, Director, and Producer


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Lea Marin
Producer (NFB)


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Jennifer Holness
Producer (Hispaniola Productions)


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Joe Brewster
Executive Producer (Rada Film Group)


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Anita Lee
Executive Producer (NFB)


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Sudz Sutherland
Executive Producer (Hungry Eyes Media)


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Promotional Materials

Credits

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

Featuring
Rosa Iris Diendomi-Álvarez
Teofilo Murat
Gladys Feliz

Written and Directed by
Michèle Stephenson

Producers
Jennifer Holness
Lea Marin

Michèle Stephenson

Executive Producers
Anita Lee
Joe Brewster
Sudz Sutherland

Executive Producer for Black Public Media
Leslie Fields-Cruz

Executive Producer for Latino Public Broadcasting
Sandie Viquez Pedlow

Directors of Photography
Alfredo Alcántara
Tito Rodriguez
Naiti Gámez
Nadia Hallgren
Jaime Guerra
Pedro Arnau Bros Santana

Field Producers
Johanné Gomez-Terreiro
Susibel Espaillat
Tony Then-Repozo

Editor
Sophie Farkas-Bolla

Additional Editor
Andres Landau

Consulting Editors
Ricardo Acosta
Lawrence Jackman

Music Composed by
Ben Fox

Line Producer
Norah Wakula

Associate Producer
Elise Whittington
Ayana Enomoto-Hurst
Patricia Benabe

Assistant Editor
Jordan Kawai

Story Editor
Jennifer Holness

Narrator
Rosa Iris Diendomi-Álvarez

2nd Unit Cinematography
Francisco Alberto Rodriguez
Ariel Mota

Additional Camera
Michèle Stephenson

Production Sound
Michèle Stephenson
Johanné Gomez-Terrero
Susibel Espaillat

Photographer
Conrad Louis Charles

Assistant to the Director
Ayana Enomoto-Hurst
Dinayuri Rodriguez
Ashley Lin

Production Assistant
Tennile Brown

Administrative Assistant
Stephanie Ukonga

Researcher
Dinayuri Rodriguez
Elizabeth Kalbfleisch
Tina Meister

In-House Graphics
Brett Lamb

Photo Visual-Research
Michèle Stephenson

Storyboard Artist
Michèle Stephenson

Legal
Hatty Reisman
Divya Shahani
Jennifer Dick

Production Accountant
Rajiv Gupta
Dania Kannan
Melissa Kalef

Post-Production Accountant
Cheryl Henry

Insurance
Front Row Insurance

For the NFB

Manager, Studio Operations
Mark Wilson

Studio Administrators
Stefanie Brantner
Patricia Bourgeois

Production Supervisor
Marcus Matyas

Technical Coordinator (Toronto)
Kevin Riley

Technical Coordinator (Montreal)
Luc Binette

Digital Editing Technician (Montreal)
Patrick Trahan

Production Coordinators
Andrew Martin Smith
Katie Murray

Marketing Manager
Melissa Wheeler

Marketing Coordinator
Michelle Rozon

Legal Counsel
Peter Kallianiotis

Head Business Affairs, Distribution
Mary Graziano

Drivers
Johnny Álvarez Roja
Joseph Etienne
Juan Bautista Soriano Garcia

Post-Production House
Urban Post-Production

Post Project Manager
Roberta Bratti

Colourist
Mila Patriki

Sound Editor
Ryan Birnberg

Foley Artist
Andrea Agro

Foley Recordist
Joshua Pichardo

Re-recording Mixers
Chris Guglick
Matt McKenzie

Additional Re-Recording Mixers
Keith Elliott

Re-Recording Assistant
Calvin Tran
Tyler Hall

Online Editor
Rouben Boudagian

Urban Picture Operations
Bruce Rees

Post-Production Coordinator
Tyler Evans

Translations
Michèle Stephenson
Andres Landau
Ricardo Acosta
Dinayuri Rodriguez
Janil Santana
Natalie Rivera
Leobianny Hilario
Williams M. Amaya
Berlotte Antoine
Gisela Zuniga

Moraime story inspired by the novel El Masacre se Pasa A Pie by Freddy Prestol Castillo

Music

Score recorded and produced by Ben Fox at The Cabin Studios
With
Michael Peter Olsen – cello
Adrian Cook – clarinet, bass clarinet

Additional score mixing by Dennis Patterson at Big Smoke Audio

Rosa Iris Campaign Song
Performed by
Ricardo Ochoa
Lyrics by MC Baby

La Otra Cara
Production and Performed by Azuei
Composed by
Ezel Feliz
Lyrics by
James Vergneau aka Rebel Layonn, Perla Marola, Omar Tavarez aka Pepaflow

Dominican Dembow Instrumental
Written and Performed by Victor Montero

Archival Sources
Acento.com
El Jarabe News Show
EuroNews
HispanTV
Presidencia República Dominicana Media Channel
Russian TV (RT)

Supported by
Cinereach
Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Fund for the Arts Grant Program
Sundance Documentary Film Program
Surdna Foundation
TFI Pond5 Program

In Association with
Chicken & Egg Pictures

Presented by
Telefilm Canada and Rogers Group of Funds through the Theatrical Documentary Program

Produced with the Assistance of
The Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund

Additional Funding Provided by
Women in Film Finishing Fund

This project was completed with the support of Women Make Moves, Inc.

Produced in association with Black Public Media

Produced in association with Latino Public Broadcasting

This program is a presentation of the Black Public Media and Latino Public Broadcasting
with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

 

© 2020 Hispaniola Productions and the National Film Board of Canada. All rights.



  • About the NFB

    The NFB is Canada’s public producer and distributor of award-winning documentaries and auteur animation, working with talented creators across the country. The NFB is taking action to combat systemic racism and become a more open and diverse organization, while working to strengthen Indigenous-led production and gender equity in film. NFB productions have won more than 7,000 awards, including 12 Oscars. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.

  • About Hispaniola Productions

    Established in Toronto, Hispaniola Productions is a partnership between the Rada Film Group and Hungry Eyes telling stories by, for, and about communities of colour. Hispaniola Productions is led by award-winning filmmakers Michèle Stephenson (AMERICAN PROMISE, 2015) and Jennifer Holness (SHOOT THE MESSENGER, 2016; HOME AGAIN, 2012), whose works span across different formats from television, feature films, to virtual reality. STATELESS is the company’s first feature production.

  • About The Rada Film Group

    The Rada Film Group is a media production company committed to creating compelling visual stories by, about and for communities of color that provoke thought and dialogue about our complex multicultural world and amplify voices and perspectives often neglected in dominant culture spaces. Keeping the art of storytelling and cinematic language front and center, Rada Film Group has created narrative films, documentaries and immersive media that challenge and inspire audiences across the world to think critically about their own place and roles in society.

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  • About the NFB

    The NFB is Canada’s public producer and distributor of award-winning documentaries and auteur animation, working with talented creators across the country. The NFB is taking action to combat systemic racism and become a more open and diverse organization, while working to strengthen Indigenous-led production and gender equity in film. NFB productions have won more than 7,000 awards, including 12 Oscars. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.