Yoruba Richen


Yoruba Richen’s most recent documentary, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks won a Peabody award.  Other recent work include the Emmy-nominated films  American Reckoning, How It Feels to Be Free,  and The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show.  She directed an episode of the award-winning series, High on the Hog and her film, The Killing of Breonna Taylor won an NAACP Image Award.  Yoruba was a Sundance Fellow and is a recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker’s Award.  She is the founding director of the Documentary Program at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

Participating Sessions

Uncovering Democracy in Peril: Voting Rights

In the runup to the US presidential election, the right to vote has become increasingly challenged, if not imperiled. Journalists and filmmakers stand on the front lines, charged with documenting this battle over democracy’s defining feature. This panel will discuss the how-tos of telling the physical and the invisible stories of a beleaguered democracy, the legal basics for covering elections, and safety measures for photographers, filmmakers, and journalists in the...