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Stateless (2014)

In the late 1980's, on the brink of the collapse of the Soviet Union, tens of thousands of Soviet Jews were finally allowed to leave the USSR. What these people did not expect was that ... See full summary »

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Michael Drob

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Michael Drob (story)
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Credited cast:
Steven Bayme Steven Bayme ... Self (scenes deleted)
Boris Bekker Boris Bekker ... Self
Marina Belotserkovskaya Marina Belotserkovskaya ... Self
Gennady Drob Gennady Drob ... Self
Klara Drob Klara Drob ... Self
Misha Galperin Misha Galperin ... Self
Steve Goltsman Steve Goltsman ... Self
Yelena Goltsman Yelena Goltsman ... Self
Mark Handelman Mark Handelman ... Self
David Harris David Harris ... Self
Mark Hetfield Mark Hetfield ... Self
Alexander Korenfeld Alexander Korenfeld ... Self
Yelena Korenfeld Yelena Korenfeld ... Self
Arkady Markman Arkady Markman ... Self (scenes deleted)
Svetlana Markman Svetlana Markman ... Self (scenes deleted)
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In the late 1980's, on the brink of the collapse of the Soviet Union, tens of thousands of Soviet Jews were finally allowed to leave the USSR. What these people did not expect was that their final destination, America, no longer welcomed them with open arms. In 1988, American policy suddenly changed and thousands of Soviet Jews were stranded in Italy. Stateless. This documentary captures that unique slice of history from the point of view of the émigrés as well as expert accounts of the situation from influential Jewish leaders including David Harris of the AJC, Mark Handelman of NYANA and Mark Hetfield of HIAS among others. Written by Michael Drob

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The director's (Michael Drob) parents, Gennady Drob and Klara Drob are featured in the film. See more »

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Victoria Drob, the director's wife, gets a "Very Special Thanks" See more »

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Follows Refusenik (2007) See more »

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Well-crafted, poignant documentary that makes recent history come alive
23 March 2014 | by OlgaLisSee all my reviews

With this film Michael Drob taps into the collective desire to make meaning out of a tumultuous, disorienting journey. He traces every step, from leaving the country, to arriving in Austria, then Italy, then finally being granted entry into the US, and the turns the story takes are sometimes joyous, sometimes heartbreaking, punctuated by moments of hilarity. The firsthand accounts given by engaging characters are balanced by historical context and perspectives from the agencies that assisted the refugees.

If you were part of this Jewish immigration wave from the Soviet Union, you will watch the story that shaped your life, told by other people but with the same words, the same memories, the same questions that you have. If you watch this film with others who have gone through the immigration path, be prepared for it to spur an intense discussion about how it relates to their own experiences. See it if you have the chance!


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23 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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