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Yoruba Richen

  1. Director of the Documentary Program

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Yoruba Richen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and the founding director of the Documentary Program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Her work has been featured on PBS, MSNBC, FX,  New York Times Op Doc, Frontline, The Atlantic, and Field of Vision. Her latest  film, How it Feels To Be Free, executive produced by Alicia Keys, 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 won an NAACP Image Award and is  currently 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 Award.  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 a recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award and a Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow.

Yoruba Richen’s pronouns are she, her, hers.