The overwhelming whiteness of Netflix’s ‘Stateless’ undermines its good intentions
Something about Stateless doesn’t sit right.
Debuting globally on Netflix today (following its Australian broadcasting premiere in March), the six-part limited series paints a moving portrait of immigration detention in Australia. One of the world’s largest refugee safe havens, Australia has long grappled with a human rights crisis similar to that of the United States — a crushing collision of limited resources and thousands of people in need.
The subject matter is worthy, the production values are high, and the acting is exquisiteStateless‘s central message, that refugees should be approached with empathy and compassion rather than fear-mongering politics rooted in hate and prejudice, is clear and profound. Still, one can’t help but notice the troublingly white packaging this narrative comes in. Read more…