Stateless Review: Thrilling drama that offers an perspective on immigrants

Aparnna Hajirnis -

Stateless Review: Thrilling drama that offers an perspective on immigrants
Movie Rated


Stateless is a limited series about four strangers (an airline hostess running from a cult, an Afghan refugee, a young father, and a bureaucrat trying to contain a scandal) whose lives collide at an immigration detention center in the middle of the Australian desert.

Format: Series
Platform: Netflix
Movie Rated: 16+
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Digital Premiere Date: 8 July 2020


What is it about?
Clare (Asher Keddie), a bureaucrat put in charge of a remote and dusty refugee detention centre; Sandford (Jai Courtney) a guard at the centre who hates what he sees but enjoys the middle-class status his job offers; and Sofie (Yvonne Strahovski), a beautiful blonde Australian having a mental breakdown and pretending to be German after she has a harrowing experience with a cult. 

The main refugee followed is Ameer (Fayssal Bazzi). He flees Afghanistan with his wife and two daughters, is robbed by crooked smugglers, and when he finally makes it to Australia’s promised land he gets thrown into what is essentially a prison in the middle of nowhere.

Stateless is ostensibly about the government’s treatment of asylum-seeking refugees, who are detained in camps sometimes for years while their visa applications are slowly processed (and often rejected). Much like the situation in the U.S., there are heightened tensions on all sides with activists protesting the mistreatment of detainees and the separation of families.

Strahovski outshines herself as a woman who has a mental illness. She makes the story of Sofie — inspired by the true story of a woman named Cornelia Rau — into something both tragic and darkly ironic. Courtney and Keddie also do fine work. The heart of the series, though, is Bazzi, whose Ameer drives home both the hopes and the horrors of those seeking asylum from violence and cruelty. While Sofie copes with the anarchy and illusions of her own mind, Ameer is fighting against a world that doesn’t seem to have a safe place for him.

Music and other departments
The music is decent as it is a drama, so well-paced. The production is well designed to present it as a drama series of exceptional quality while at the same time maintaining its true story background.

Even though it is a social drama, it is not very formulaic and that makes it even more interesting to watch. 

None, that I could think of.

Did I Enjoy It?
We often are faced with the clinical approach to immigration but Stateless provides a human account to the failures of a system that rips families apart and takes away the freedoms and rights of people. So to answer, yes I did enjoy it. 

Do I Recommend It?


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