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Yoruba Richen

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Yoruba Richen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker dedicated to creating compelling, engaging films that explore vital social and cultural issues. Her work ahs been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, New York Magazine’s website, The Cut, The Atlantic and the Shazaam App.  Yoruba's last feature film, The New Black, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and went on to win 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 nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Media Award.  The New Black opened theatrically at New York’s Film Forum and aired on PBS's Independent Lens in 2014. 

 

Yoruba’s previous film Promised Land, received a Diverse Voices Co-Production fund award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and won the Fledgling Fund award for social issue documentary. It was broadcast on PBS’s POV in 2010. In 2007, Yoruba 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. Yoruba was an associate producer for the investigative unit of ABC News as well as a producer for the independent news program Democracy Now. Yoruba has received numerous grants including from ITVS, The Sundance Documentary Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Fulbright and the Ford Foundation. She won the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access and was also a Sundance Producers fellow.   Yoruba is a featured TED Speaker, a Fulbright fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow.  She is the 2016 recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough filmmaker award.  Yoruba is the director of the documentary program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.