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“How It Feels to Be Free” with Yoruba Richen

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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On February 23, headshot of yoruba richenfilmmaker Yoruba Richen (pictured top-right) presents her documentary How It Feels to Be Free  as part of Black History Month.

Tuesday, February 23
Screening at 6 pm EST
Q&A at 8 pm
A free, live broadcast
Online registration required (see below)


Writer, actor, programmer, and alumna Barbara Mamabolo (HBA ’14, MA ’15 Cinema Studies; lower-right) will moderate the discussion that follows.

The true story of six trailblazing female African American stars, and how their artistry and activism reshaped the entertainment industry—and continues to inspire Black female empowerment today.

Yoruba Richen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on PBS, MSNBC, FX, New York Times Op-Docs, Frontline: Digital Nation, The Atlantic, and Field of Vision. Her latest film, How it Feels To Be Free, premiered on PBS’s American Masters in January of 2021. Her other recent films include, The New York Times Presents: The Killing of Breonna Taylor which is streaming on Hulu and The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show which is streaming on Peacock. Her previous film, The Green Book: Guide to Freedom was broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel and was nominated for an EMMY. Her films, The New Black and Promised Land, won multiple festival awards before airing on PBS’s Independent Lens and P.O.V. Yoruba won the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access and is a Sundance Producers Fellow. She is the 2016 recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award and a Guggenheim Fellow. Yoruba is the founding director of the Documentary Program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. (Photo of Yoruba Richen, above, by Luke Rattray)

Barbara Mamabolo is a Toronto-based actor, screenwriter, and musician. Her acting career highlights include Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, three seasons as the title character in the children’s series Zixx, two seasons of Instant StarStar Trek: Discovery Short Treks, and working with Ethan Hawke in Robert Budreau’s Born to be Blue. Barbara has directed two short films, the jury award winning, Stranger, and the Canada Arts Council-funded short, The Kall, currently touring the festival circuit. As a comedy writer, Barbara worked in the writers’ room on the current season of CBC’s Kim’s Convenience. As a singer, Barbara has worked with powerhouse producer Preston Glass, opened for 80s hitmakers The Men Without Hats, and sung opposite Sanatana frontman Tony Lindsay. Through her programming work at Reelworld Film Festival and Reelworld Screen Institute, Barbara helps to create more access and inclusion for Indigenous and racially diverse talent in the screen-based production industries. (Photo of Barbara, above, by David Leyes)

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February 23
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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