JCC Manhattan Hosts Film Screening of Stateless, featuring HIAS CEO and President Mark Hetfield

Last night, the Jewish Community Center hosted a sold-out film screening of Michael Drob’s new documentary film Stateless, a story of Soviet Jews who were prohibited from emigrating to America in the late 1980’s and forced to remain in Italy with no home. First-hand accounts depict the hardship endured by Soviet Jews as they were finally permitted to leave the Soviet Union after years of persecution only to find themselves “stateless” in a foreign country. The documentary also highlights expert accounts of the situation from influential Jewish leaders including Mark Hetfield of HIAS, David Harris of the AJC, and Mark Handelman of NYANA, among others.