Beyond Resilience Masterclass: Black Filmmakers on Telling Our History

Friday 10th June

Join Firelight Media for a special Beyond Resilience Masterclass featuring Black filmmakers on owning and telling our history.


African American history has largely been shaped by white storytelling. It’s worth questioning: What is Black history when told through the lens of Black storytellers?

Join an intimate conversation between legendary documentary filmmakers Stanley NelsonSam PollardDawn Porter, and Roger Ross Williams – all masters of their craft – as they discuss how authorship and perspective shape the narratives they tell, and how they’ve found success in making historical films for us, by us. Moderated by Cameo George, Executive Producer of PBS American Experience.

*Accessibility Notice: This event will include live closed captions.

Beyond Resilience Masterclasses, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will focus on deeply-researched historical documentary films by and about BIPOC communities. This Masterclass will be conducted via Zoom Webinar, enabling participants to submit questions throughout the event through an extended Q&A session. Registrants are encouraged to submit questions for the panelists in advance via this RSVP page as well.

About Firelight Media

Firelight Media is a premier destination for non-fiction cinema by and about communities of color. Firelight Media produces documentary films, supports filmmakers of color, and cultivates audiences for their work. Firelight Media’s programs include the Documentary Lab, Groundwork Regional Lab, and the William Greaves Fund. Firelight Media also produces digital short films, including the recently announced collection HOMEGROWN: Future Visions.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

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