Monday, May 19th
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
The New Black, directed by Yoruba Richen is a documentary that tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar — the black church — and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.
The New Black takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, charting the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.
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About the Filmmaker:
Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced films in the U.S. and abroad including Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. The New Black is her most recent film and has won Audience Awards at AFI Docs, Philly Q Fest, and Frameline LGBT Film Festival. The film also won Best Documentary at the Urbanworld Film Festival and was recently nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Media Award. Richen’s previous film Promised Land received a Diverse Voices co-production fund award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and was broadcast on PBS’s POV in 2010. In 2007, Richen won a Fulbright Award in filmmaking and traveled to Brazil, where she began production on Sisters of the Good Death, a documentary about the oldest African women's association in the Americas and the annual festival they hold celebrating the end of slavery. Richen has also been an associate producer for the investigative unit of ABC News as well as a producer for the independent news program Democracy Now. In 2014, she was a featured TED Speaker and a Guggenheim Fellow. Richen is director of the documentary program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Q & A immediately following the film with:
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