MASSACRE RIVER
(56 min) USA
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Director/Producer:
Suzan Beraza
Executive Producer: Abigail Disney

Description:

Massacre River is a character-driven documentary that takes place in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, two ethnically and culturally distinct countries that have been forced to share an island since colonial times. The story follows Pikilina, a Dominican-born woman of Haitian descent, and her family. Racial and political violence erupt when the country of her birth, the Dominican Republic, reverses its birthright citizenship law and she is left stateless, along with over 200,000 others. This sets Pikilina off on an epic journey as she struggles to regain her Dominican citizenship. Pikilina now faces the choice of fighting for her rightful citizenship and exposing herself to danger, or fleeing with her family to Haiti, a country she barely knows.

Biography:

Suzan Beraza is a Hispana-Latina-American who was born and raised in the Caribbean. Her films have shown on Independent Lens, PBS, Pivot TV and on the Documentary Channel, at Lincoln Center, and at many festivals. Her first film, Bag It, was a winner of the Britdoc Impact Award in Berlin and has been televised in over thirty countries. Her last project, Uranium Drive-In was a recipient of Sundance Institute and Chicken and Egg funding and was featured at Good Pitch and at Hot Docs Pitch Forum. The film was awarded the Big Sky Award, was honored for documentary excellence by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and was part of the American Film Showcase, an international film program of the US State Department. Suzan became Festival Director for Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado in 2017.

Contact Information:

w: www.mountainfilm.org
e: suzan@mountainfilm.org

 



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