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Yoruba Richen is a 2012 Guggenheim fellow who has worked as a journalist and a documentary filmmaker in New York City. Her film Promised Land, a documentary about race, reconciliation, and land reform in post-apartheid South Africa, was broadcast on PBS’s POV in 2010. In 2007, Yoruba won a Fulbright award in filmmaking and traveled to Salvador, Brazil to… Show more produce a documentary uncovering the origins of a festival celebrating the end of slavery. Before going to Brazil, Richen was a producer for the independent television and radio program Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, and was also associate producer in the investigative department of ABC News. In addition, she was co-producer of Take It From Me, a documentary exploring the effects of welfare reform on New York City women which was broadcast on POV. Her documentary The New Black, exposing the complicated histories of the African American and LGBT civil rights movements, airs on Independent Lens in 2014. Show less
Miguel "M.i.G." Martinez
Miguel M.i.G. Martinez moved to the U.S. from San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico at the age of ten. After graduating from high school in Virginia, he began his career by hosting and producing the first Spanish/English bilingual radio show in the region. In 2008, Miguel began production on his first feature film, Farewell Ferris Wheel with fellow… Show more Virginian, Jamie Sisley. Two years later, the film won the TAA Creative Promise Award from the Tribeca Film Institute, and was selected for Film Independent's Documentary Lab and the Firelight Media Producers’ Lab. Miguel is currently collaborating with the Grammy Award-winning group Ozomatli on a series of music videos, as well as continuing to pursue his passion for photography with clients such as Carlos Santana and Barco's Nightingales Foundation. Show less
Yu Gu is an award-winning filmmaker born in Chongqing, China, and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Yu’s short, personal documentary, A Moth in Spring premiered at Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto and traveled to over a dozen international film festivals before being distributed by HBO.
Digital & Interactive
We’re creating new ways to share stories.
Recent Digital & Interactive Projects
Watch the stories of undocumented young people as they sit in limbo between deportation and a path to citizenship.
Two Taco Journalists explore tradition, food culture, and the difference between each "Iconic Tacos of Texas".
alter-NATIVE follows a year in the life of Native American fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail.