Elena
2021
Synopsis:
In 1937, tens of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent were exterminated by the Dominican army, on the basis of anti-black racism. Fast-forward to 2013, the Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court stripped the citizenship of anyone with Haitian parents, retroactive to 1929, rendering more than 200,000 people stateless. This lyrical portrait follows Elena as she seeks citizenship for herself and her family.
Filmmakers:
Michèle Stephenson
Director, Producer
Lead Artist, Director, Producer, Writer Filmmaker, artist and author, Michèle Stephenson, pulls from her Panamanian and Haitian roots to think radically about storytelling and disrupt the imaginary in non-fiction spaces. She tells compelling, deeply personal stories that are created by, for and about communities of color that reimagine and provoke. Her feature documentary, American Promise, was nominated for three Emmys and won the Jury Prize at Sundance. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Creative Capital artist.
Joe Brewster
Producer
Lead Artist, Director, Producer, Writer, Producer and Director Joe Brewster is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who uses his psychological training as the foundation in approaching the social issues he tackles as an artist and filmmaker. Brewster has created stories using installation, narrative, documentary and print mediums that have garnered support from critics and audiences internationally, including Sundance- winning and 3-time Emmy nominee documentary, American Promise. He is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow.