Black History is American History

Tell Them We Are Rising, a compelling new film by Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams, details the profound role that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have played in American history. It airs on PBS’ Independent Lens Television Series Monday, February 19th. The film spotlights the role that African Americans have had in the birth and growth of our nation, and the role that HBCUs have played as a cultural touchstone. 

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Looking Forward in 2018

2017 was a year of struggle and a year in which we saw the emergence of diverse community leadership and open dialogue about some of our most intractable social inequalities. In the context of so much change and upheaval, it is a gift to work with incredibly talented and passionate filmmakers, producers, community leaders, educators, philanthropists and many other dynamic and creative people who understand the power of non-fiction media to contribute to positive social change.

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Saving Mes Aynak and Why Depth Matters

In our current muddy political climate, rife with “fake news” and “alternative facts,” a documentary film like Saving Mes Aynak provides a lens to understand events happening around the world. Through the eyes of archaeologist Qadir Temori and his team, we can appreciate the courage and patriotism it takes for individuals to struggle against a government not always aligned with its people’s interests and against questionable corporate practices operating without public oversight or accountability.

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