Yoruba Richen

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Yoruba Richen
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Richen in 2012
Alma materBrown University
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, producer

Yoruba Richen (born 1972) is a film director, screenwriter and producer.[1] 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.[2] 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[3] 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!


Year Film Director Producer Co-producer Other
2001 Take It From Me Yes
2004 Brother to Brother Associate producer
2009 Promised Land Yes Yes
2013 The New Black Yes Yes Co-writer
2014 Out in the Night Yes


  1. ^ "Yoruba Richen". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation website. Archived from the original on April 16, 2014.
  2. ^ "Yoruba Richen's 'The New Black' Wins Audience Award at AFI Docs". The Hollywood Reporter. June 25, 2013.
  3. ^ "About Tribeca All Access". Tribeca Film Institute website.

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