Re-visit the Sundance Film Festival and expand your storytelling skills with this series of videos featuring the most compelling and timely talks and panels from recent festivals.


This conversation, recorded during the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, brings back legal scholar and civil rights advocate Kimberlé W. Crenshaw to the Sundance Film Festival to moderate a conversation interrogating how censorship, legislation, and storytelling are creating a distorted national narrative, and the crucial role of new cinematic genres in challenging these myths. 


The original title of this conversation was “The Big Conversation: The Story of Us - Reclaiming the Narrative."

Panelist
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Sierra Leonean-American Filmmaker Nikyatu's films have screened at festivals nationally and internationally. Three of her shorts were acquired by and aired on HBO, her most recent being FLOWERS, which she co-wrote and co-directed. Nikyatu's feature screenplay FREE THE TOWN was one of 12 projects invited to participate in Sundance Institute’s inaugural Diverse Writers Workshop. Her latest film SUICIDE BY SUNLIGHt: a project funded by THROUGH HER LENS sponsored by the Tribeca Film Institute and Chanel, made its debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Nikyatu is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University where she teaches Screenwriting and Directing. more...
Moderator
Kimberlé Crenshaw is the co-founder and executive director of the African American Policy Forum, the host of the podcast Intersectionality Matters!, the moderator of the webinar series Under the Blacklight, and a professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School. She is popularly known for her development of “intersectionality,” “critical race theory,” and the #SayHerName campaign; she is a leading authority on civil rights, Black feminist legal theory, race, racism, and the law. In early 2021, Crenshaw received the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of American Law Schools. more...
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CJ Hunt is a comedian and filmmaker. He has been a field producer on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and The Rundown with Robin Thede. A fellow with New America and Firelight Media, CJ is also the director of The Neutral Ground, a documentary about monuments, memory, and breaking up with the Confederacy. The film won Best Documentary at American Black Film Festival and is nominated for Best Score at the upcoming IDA Awards. more...
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David Blight is Sterling Professor of American History and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery and Abolition at Yale. He is author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. more...
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Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and numerous other awards. His most recent publication is the sequel to The Sympathizer, The Committed. He is a university professor, the Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and a professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. He is also a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations. more...

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