HBCU Storytellers develops new, Black voices as filmmaker-activists.
In this year long program, we provide HBCU students with the cultural enrichment and technical training they need to document important personal and community stories. We then empower Storytellers to use their films as a vehicle for social justice by engaging their communities in critical conversations and inspiring people to take action.
The HBCU Storytellers program gives Black college students the unique opportunity to learn the art of filmmaking within a culturally-responsive educational environment. In this intensive collaboration with HBCUs, we encourage students to explore, research and respond to critical community issues and cultural debates. We provide students with the hands-on training, technical skills, and mentorship they need to create films about these topics. Ultimately, we empower our storytellers to leverage their films to effectively engage community stakeholders and advance social justice.
See HBCU Storyteller Film Projects
400 Years Later…’free-ish was created to raise awareness about the 400 Year Commemoration of the first Africans that arrived in the US in 1619 and the continuing legacy of racial inequity that still exists today.
The Great Debaters: Reigniting a Legacy puts a spotlight on the history and impact of competitive debate at Wiley College that was rejuvenated by the 2008 film The Great Debaters.
HBCU Storyteller films are being screened across the country to facilitate meaningful dialogue around the current racial climate and to highlight organizations and individuals committed to social justice. We’ve developed unique curriculums and discussion guides for each film, that are free for use to engage your community and help build stronger intergenerational and interracial relationships. We believe these shared connections will shift the conversation and collective understanding of past and present...and change the future.