#UNHCR; #StatelessnessLaw; #Netflix; #DrmaSeries; #CateBlanchet
Geneva/UNHCR, Jul 19 (Canadian-Media): Stateless, a powerful new show co-created and produced by the actor, director and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, explores what it means to lose your home, country and identity, UNHCR reports said.
Rohingya refugee Nur Fatima, 20, and her one year old son in Nyapara refugee settlement speak to Cate Blanchett. They arrived in Nayapara via Jadimara border point in March 2018.
Image credit: © UNHCR/Hector Perez
‘Stateless’ was co-created and produced by Cate Blanchett. The actor and director was inspired and impassioned by her work and experiences as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to shine a light on what loss of identity can mean.
The drama focuses on four strangers whose lives collide in an immigration detention center in the Australian desert. The central story is inspired by the real-life case of an Australian citizen who was unlawfully detained in 2004.
The series intertwines personal stories, revealing a system struggling with the irreconcilable contradictions of border protection. Loss of identity and dignity is a key theme and the personal crises the characters face are heightened by detention.
“It is my hope that Stateless will build empathy.”
Blanchett said: “It is my hope that Stateless, a project that actually has grown up separately from my work with UNHCR but brings together two worlds for me, will build empathy and understanding for refugees, particularly those who have been and still are in detention.”
“We live in a world where about one per cent of all humanity is now displaced as a result of conflict or persecution. Through Stateless, I hope to prompt people to rethink how they and we all are responding to the current displacement crisis. To understand what it means to lose your home, your country, your identity. To get people to empathize and to ask questions,” she said.
The series uses the term stateless in its poetic sense to address that loss of personal identity rather than in a legal sense.
But statelessness is an issue that Blanchett is concerned about and which is also part of UNHCR’s unique mandate as a UN agency.
“On paper, stateless people don’t exist.”
Under international law, statelessness refers to the millions of people around the globe who are not recognized as citizens by any country. This has devastating consequences for their ability to exercise their human rights and participate in the normal life of the societies they live in.
UNHCR is working to end statelessness by 2024 through its #IBelong Campaign.
In a short social media explainer for UNHCR on statelessness, Blanchett said: “Most people are citizens of somewhere. We have birth certificates, we have passports, ID cards. But on paper, stateless people don’t exist. Without a passport or an ID the list of things people cannot do is never ending – go to school, see a doctor, own a SIM card, work legally, open a bank account, travel, own a home or even get legally married. Statelessness exists everywhere. It’s happening in countries like yours or mine.”
#GleeStarNayaRivera; #DeathByDrowing; #VenturaCounty
Southern California (U.S.): Glee star Naya Rivera's four-year-old son Josey Hollis Dorsey told investigators that his mother, whose body was found in a Southern California lake Monday, helped him back on the deck of their rented boat before he looked back and saw her disappearing under the water, authorities in Ventura County, Calif., said.
Naya Rivera. Image credit: Facebook page
"She must have mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat, but not enough to save herself," Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said at a news conference on Jul 13.
Three hours after the pair launched on Lake Piru northwest of Los Angeles, Josey was found asleep and alone in a life vest on the drifting boat by the vendor who rented the boat to them.
A five-day search that ended with the discovery of the body of the 33-year-old floating near the surface early Monday, authorities said.
It was believed by the authorities that Rivera drowned accidentally, and that her body was most likely trapped in the vegetation under the lake for several days before floating to the top, Ayub said.
"It has been an extremely difficult time for her family throughout this ordeal," Ayub said "We share in their grief."
Rivera's body was flown by helicopter 64 kilometres to the coroner's office in Ventura for an autopsy, and an official identification, authorities said.
Mother and son parking and renting the boat at about 1 p.m. on July 8 was shown on a surveillance video.
The boy was quickly united with family members after he was found and was safe and healthy, authorities said.
The boy is Rivera's son from her marriage to actor Ryan Dorsey.
After nearly four years of marriage, Rivera and Dorsey divorced in 2018.
The day before her death, Rivera tweeted a photo of herself and Josey that read, "just the two of us."
20th Century Fox TV and Fox Entertainment also released a statement, saying: "Naya Rivera was a fierce talent with so much more to do and this is such a terrible tragedy. We are forever grateful for the indelible contribution she made to Glee, from the first episode to the last."
#LosAngeles; #CanadianTonyAwardNominated; #NickCordero; #Covid19Complications
Los Angeles (US), Jul 6 (Canadian-Media): Canadian Tony Award-nominated 41-year-old actor Nick Cordero has died in Los Angeles after suffering severe medical complications after contracting the coronavirus, media reports said.
Nick Cordero. Image credit:Facebook page
According to his wife, Amanda Kloots, Cordero died July 5 at Cedars-Sinai hospital after spending more than 90 days in the hospital.
"God has another angel in heaven now," she posted on Instagram.
"Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone's friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband."
Cordero grew up in Hamilton and attended Ryerson University in Toronto for acting.
He specialized in playing tough guys on Broadway in such shows as Waitress, A Bronx Tale and Bullets Over Broadway.
Cordero also appeared in film and television roles.