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Chapter Two

“Our lives in transit”, the documentary

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Our Lives in Transit, is a 30-minute documentary showing life in the Dominican Republic in the aftermath of a controversial law that leaves over 200,000 people doubting their own identity.

Rosa Iris is a young and determined lawyer; we experience a year in her life as she fights for the rights of her community.

There is a huge threat over her and others in her position. She is no longer allowed to call the country she was born in, home. ID documents are being confiscated, buses are picking up anyone without proof of who they are and deportations have started.

Despite living in the Dominican Republic all their lives, Dominicans of Haitian Descent face daily discrimination, sometimes violent. Because their parents or grandparents were born in next door Haiti, but mainly because they are black.

This story of migration and nationality, rejection and belonging resonates with people all over the world. Identity and integration have never been so relevant, as we face a global crisis over who has the right to live where, how communities form and who we are.

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Film Screenings

31st March – London (United Kingdom) at Rich Mix

5th April – Madrid (Spain) at Matadero

May-September – Barcelona (Spain) at Caixa Forum Barcelona

If you are interested in obtaining the rights to screen this film please get in touch with Laura Quintana at laura.quintanasoms@mrgmail.org

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This film was made in partnership with the Dominican civil society organisation Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas (MUDHA) and the production company The Playroom.

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This film is funded by the European Union. This content is the sole responsibility of Minority Rights Group International and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.