Our Lives In Transit: Screening & Live Music

DATE:
31 March 2016

LOCATION:
Rich Mix

Our Lives In Transit: Screening & Live Music

Minority Rights Group International & Movimientos have joined forces for the presentation of the new MRG film "Our lives in transit" about statelessness affecting Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic. This film screening will be followed by a Q&A and a cultural programme of live music with a Dominican-Haitian-Caribbean twist.

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.

Followed by live music from Bachata City and Guests. Dominican, Colombian and Afro-Caribbean Musicians, playing authentic Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia and Latin Music

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