The documentary film explores the historical and current relationship between Dominican and Haitian people, amidst the context of the heightened political crisis that affects Dominicans of Haitian descents since the de-nationalization law of 2013 was passed. The director, who is one of the more than 200 thousand Dominicans of Haitian ancestry who lost his citizenship after the passing of the Draconian legislation, made the film to “show the historical links between our people beyond the governments that persist on separating us.”
Post-screening discussion with co-director Medhin Paolos and Dr. Angela Davis
Asmarina: It's a film documentary about the eritrean-ethiopian diaspora in Italy. It traces the complex networks of colonial legacies, transnational migrations, family ties, and diasporic politics. The result is a collective tale which brings to light a postcolonial hertiage that has been little scrutinized up to now.
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Between 2014 and 2016 an estimated 1.6 million refugees and migrants crossed the Mediterranean by boat to Europe. Over 12,000 deaths were recorded of people trying to make the journey, and many more unrecorded deaths are thought to have occurred elsewhere along the way before reaching the sea. In 2015, at the height of Europe’s so-called ‘migrant/refugee crisis’, over one million arrivals were recorded in Italy and Greece and 3771 people died during the crossing. Against this backdrop, the paper locates the discussion over migrant deaths at sea in the context of debates on borders,...