Birthright Crisis: The Power and Paradoxes of Media Advocacy

Miriam Neptune

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After a September 2013 court ruling stripped citizenship from thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent, long-term efforts to critique human rights conditions in the Dominican Republic gained traction while existing tensions between Dominican and Haitian diaspora groups also increased. Miriam Neptune will discuss the experience of screening her award-winning documentary Birthright Crisis as both an organizing tool and a focal point for dialogue between two communities with diverging narratives.

Miriam documented collaborations between Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees and the Movement of Haitian Dominican Women from 2004 to 2010, and is currently a Manager of Instructional Media Services at Barnard College.