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Join NYWIFT in discussion with Dawn Porter, Shola Lynch, Tami Gold and Yoruba Richen - vibrant award-winning documentary filmmakers and activists dedicated to fighting systemic racism - on their work and the social justice movement of today. Moderated by NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia López, the session includes short clips focused on historical women civil rights activists and the sharing of artistic, political and personal survival stories during this painful time in American history.


New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) advocates for equality in the moving image industry and supports women in every stage of their careers. As the preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, NYWIFT energizes women by illuminating their achievements, presenting training and professional development programs, awarding scholarships and grants, and providing access to a supportive community of peers. more...
Filmmaker
Dawn Porter is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on HBO, PBS, Discovery, and Netflix among others. She is currently directing and executive producing an Apple TV multi-part documentary series with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, which focuses on both mental illness and mental well-being. more...
Filmmaker
Shola Lynch is an award-winning American filmmaker best known for the feature documentary FREE ANGELA & ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS and the Peabody Award-winning documentary CHISHOLM ’72: UNBOUGHT & UNBOSSED. Her independent film body of work and her other collaborative projects feed her passion to bring history alive with captivating stories of people, places and events. more...
Filmmaker
Tami Gold is a professor at Hunter College, a filmmaker, visual artist and activist. She has produced many critically acclaimed documentaries that have consistently been at the forefront of social issues looking at racism, police violence, women’s rights, conditions for workers and labor organizing, violence and discrimination against LGBT people. more...
Filmmaker
Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker whose work explores issues of race, space and power. She has directed films in the U.S. and abroad, including Africa, Asia and South America. Her last film, THE NEW BLACK won 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. more...
Moderator
Cynthia López is the Executive Director of New York Women in Film & Television, an award-winning media strategist, and former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where she implemented strategies to support film and TV production throughout the five boroughs. López is the recipient of many industry awards including: 11 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, a Special Emmy Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, three Peabody Awards, and two duPont-Columbia Awards. more...

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