Borders, Diaspora, and Legal Ghosts, Panel discussion and film screening, Our Lives in Transit

Sofia Olins, UK/Spain, 2015, 31 min, in Spanish with English Subtitles
Canadian Premiere


Despite living in the Dominican Republic all their lives, Dominicans of Haitian Descent face daily discrimination, sometimes violent. Because their parents or grandparents were born in next door Haiti, but mainly because they are black. A recent controversial law paved the road for deportation of these people.

Rosa Iris, a young and determined lawyer is among them. We experience a year in her life as she fights for the rights of her community.

This story of migration and nationality, rejection and belonging resonates with people all over the world. Identity and integration have never been so relevant, as we face a global crisis over who has the right to live where, how communities form and who we are.



  • Laura Bisaillon, UTSC Health Studies and Anthropology


    • Idil Atak, Criminology, Ryerson University
    • Kass Banning, FAS Cinema Studies Institute
    • Donna Gabaccia, UTSC Historical & Cultural Studies
    • Aisha Jamal, Documentary film-maker, Sheridan College

In collaboration with The Jackman Humanities Institute Working Group on Im/Migration, Mobilities and Circulation