Stateless


Award-winning Documentary Screening and Conversation with the Film Director Michael Drob

February 11, 2015

Award-winning Documentary Screening and Conversation with the Film Director Michael Drob

StatelessEvents in Stateless take place during the politically charged climate of the late 1980’s. At that time the USSR was home to the largest population of Jews in Europe. Under pressure from various political sources, including that of U.S. Jewry, the Soviet government opened the borders and allowed its Jewish population to leave the country. This time the migrants would have the freedom to choose their destination, but those who hoped to make the United States their home now had to prove “a reasonable fear of persecution.” For those born into a climate where discrimination was the norm, this was difficult and without any information or a political voice, they were denied refugee status in ever increasing numbers. This left thousands stranded in Italy -- Stateless. This documentary portrays the experience through the eyes of émigrés in the context of politics and Jewish community.