Richen in 2012
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Occupation||Director, screenwriter, producer|
Yoruba Richen (born 1972) is a film director, screenwriter and producer. She produced and directed The New Black (2013), which won the audience award at AFI Docs, Frameline Film Festival and Philly Q Fest. It also won best documentary at Urbanworld Film Festival. The New Black was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary. She is director of the documentary program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Her film Promised Land, received a Diverse Voices Co-Production fund award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and was broadcast on PBS’s POV in 2010. In 2007, she won a Fulbright award in filmmaking and traveled to Brazil, where she began production on Sisters of the Good Death, a documentary about the oldest African women's association in the Americas and the annual festival they hold celebrating the end of slavery. Yoruba won a Clio award for her short film about the Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day.
She has received numerous other grants including from ITVS, the Sundance Documentary Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and the Ford Foundation. She won the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca Film Institute's Tribeca All Access program for emerging filmmakers and was also a Sundance producers fellow. In 2014 she was a featured TED Speaker and a Guggenheim Fellow.
Richen is a graduate of Brown University, and lived in San Francisco for a time before moving back to New York City, where she worked for ABC News as an associate producer for the investigative unit of ABC News as well as a producer for the independent news program Democracy Now!
|2001||Take It From Me||Yes|
|2004||Brother to Brother||Associate producer|
|2013||The New Black||Yes||Yes||Co-writer|
|2014||Out in the Night||Yes|
- "Yoruba Richen". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation website. Archived from the original on April 16, 2014.
- "Yoruba Richen's 'The New Black' Wins Audience Award at AFI Docs". The Hollywood Reporter. June 25, 2013.
- "About Tribeca All Access". Tribeca Film Institute website.
Media related to Yoruba Richen at Wikimedia Commons