Yoruba Richen

Yoruba Richen (born 1972) is a film director, screenwriter and producer. [1] She produktie and directed The New Black (2013), welke won the audience award at AFI Docs , Frameline Film Festival and Philly Q Fest. It’ll be 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 ze hold celebrating the end of slavery.

She has RECEIVED numerous other grants waaronder from ITVS , the Sundance Documentary Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and the Ford Foundation . She was awarded the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca Film Institute ‘s Tribeca All Access program for emerging filmmakers [3] and was ook 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 voordat 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


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