Screening | The New Black, Yoruba Richen, Dir. 2013
Women Documentary & Social Justice Film Series
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7 pm
The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent 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 and 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 and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.
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. She was previously an associate producer for the investigative unit of ABC News as well as a producer for the independent news program Democracy Now. Yoruba teaches documentary film at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and is a Guggenheim Fellow. Her latest film, The New Black, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and won Audience Awards at AFI Docs, Philly Q Fest and Frameline LGBT Film Festival . It also played on Independent Lens. Yoruba has received numerous grants including from ITVS, The Sundance Documentary Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and the Ford Foundation. She won the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access and was also a Sundance producers’ fellow.