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.
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.
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