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Yoruba Richen      

Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker; Known For TED Talk on the Intersection of Civil Rights & LGBT Rights

Yoruba Richen is a Peabody award winning documentary filmmaker who was recently awarded the Trailblazer award by Black Public Media. Her work has been featured on multiple outlets, including Netflix, MSNBC, FX/Hulu, HBO and PBS. Her film, “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks” (Peacock), was the first feature documentary about the pioneering activist and was honored by the Television Academy and won a Gracie Award. It is currently streaming on Peacock. Other recent work includes the Emmy-nominated films “American Reckoning” (Frontline), “How It Feels to Be Free” (American Masters), “The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show” (Peacock) and “Green Book: Guide to Freedom” (Smithsonian Channel). Her film, “The Killing of Breonna Taylor” (HULU) won an NAACP Image Award and her previous films, “The New Black” and “Promised Land” won multiple festival awards before airing on PBS’s Independent Lens and P.O.V.

Richen is a past Guggenheim and Fulbright fellow, and she won the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access. She was a Sundance Producers Fellow and Women’s Fellow and is a recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker’s Award. Richen is the Founding Director of the Documentary Program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.


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