Massacre River


Scotiabank Theatre 4 Fri, Apr 26, 2019 6:15 PM
Hart House Theatre Sat, Apr 27, 2019 12:00 PM
TIFF Lightbox 4 Sun, May 5, 2019 8:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Haitian Creole
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Immigration, Multiculturalism & Refugees
Politics & Political Intrigue
Race & Racism
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Suzan Beraza
Producer(s):Suzan Beraza
David Byars
Executive Producer(s):Abigail Disney
Gini Reticker
Editor(s):Suzan Beraza
Cheree Dillon
Casey Nay
Cinematography:David Byars
Composer:Cleod9 Music
Kirk Drogsvold
Malou Beauvoir
Kyra Kopestonsky


In 2013, a ruling from the Dominican Republic's constitutional court effectively rescinded citizenship rights for over 200,000 Dominican-born residents of Haitian descent. A rise in populist politics also saw violent mobs springing up nationwide, committed to seeing the destruction of Black Dominicans who were already living under the constant threat of deportation. Bending to the weight of international outrage, the government established a regularization process—but only for a limited time. Racing against the clock, 23-year-old Pikilina must scramble to gather the documentation necessary to prove her birthright and secure citizenship for her two children. This horrifying look at the not-so-new face of nationalism comes more than 80 years after dictator Rafael Trujillo ordered the slaughter of over 12,000 Haitians living on the northern frontier. With one woman's story of struggle, Massacre River offers a study on the precarity of Black life and the abhorrent fantasy of borders. Nataleah Hunter-Young

Content notice: Film contains some graphic imagery.

World Showcase program sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

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