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“The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks” Film Screening

November 3, 2022 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EDT

with filmmaker Yoruba Richen

Yoruba Richen will screen The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY. This film captures the unexpected story of Rosa Parks and her life beyond the historic bus boycott, revealing the intent behind her activism, her radical politics, and her courage. The screening will be followed by a discussion about the film, voter rights, and activism. 

Curators: Elizabeth Press, Kathy High, Branda Miller. 

Sponsored by: iEAR Presents! and the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer, made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of The Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

5pm – 6pm: Be The Media! Workshop: Social Issue Filmmaking with Yoruba Richen

7pm: The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks film screening and discussion, moderated by Dr. Veneilya Harden

***In line with our commitment to equity, love and justice, we ask that you please keep your mask on at our indoor events.

Photos by Robert Cooper
An image of Yoruba Richen and Dr. Veneilya Harden talking in front of an audience. Richen is waering a red shirt, green jacket and black pants and has short, black hair and Harden is wearing a colorful dress with her hair half up.
An image of Yoruba Richen and Dr. Veneilya Harden listening to the auidence members; the latter is clapping.
An image of Yoruba Richen listening as an audience member speaks to her right.
An image of Yoruba Richen and Dr. Veneilya Harden listening to comments.
An image of Yoruba Richen and Dr. Veneilya Harden- Richen is speaking into the microphone.
A headshot of Yoruba Richen, a person of color, with silver jewelry and a red shirt.

Yoruba Richen is an award-winning filmmaker whose latest film,  The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and will stream on Peacock this fall.  Other recent films include the Emmy-nominated, How It Feels to Be Free and the Emmy and Peabody nominated The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show. Her film, The Killing of Breonna Taylor aired on FX/Hulu and won an NAACP Image Award.  Yoruba is also a past Guggenheim and Fulbright fellow and recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough filmmaker’s award. Yoruba is the founding director of the Documentary Program at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

A medium-framed headshot of Dr. Veneilya Harden, with long black hair and a black and red shirt, hands folded on the desk in front of her.

Moderated by:

Dr. Veneilya Harden received her Doctorate of Education and Executive Leadership in August of 2020 from St. John Fisher College and her Masters in Counseling in Community Psychology with a Forensic Mental Health Certificate from The Sage Colleges in 2015 at which time Dr. Harden was also appointed to The New York State Office Of Mental through Governor Cuomo’s Excelsior Fellowship Initiative where she has maintained her employment for the past seven years. Dr. Harden is also a Project Associate with The McLean Group focusing on Diversity, Leadership, Equity, Education, and Inclusion. Dr. Harden serves actively in the Capital Region community on the Albany Community Police Review Board as Vice Chair and Chair of Mission Accomplished and Peer Reviewer of the ACA Journal. Dr. Harden’s work has centered around advocacy, education, equity, and policing disparities. 

Be the Media! Workshop: Social Issue Filmmaking with Yoruba Richen

Yoruba Richen will show clips from a few of her recent documentaries and talk about her approach to social issue filmmaking.  Yoruba will also examine different filmmaking genres – archival, investigative, verite- and discuss how stylistic choices, journalistic ethics, and advocacy shape her work. 

3361 6th Ave
Troy, 12180 United States
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