Firelight Media x Tribeca Festival 2022

Firelight-supported filmmakers will be well-represented at the 2022 Tribeca Festival at screenings and events throughout the city as well as on the Tribeca At Home platform.

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Firelight Media is pleased to share that several Firelight-supported filmmakers will be premiering films at the 2022 Tribeca Festival, including Jon-Sesrie Goff, Nausheen Dadabhoy (and producer Sofian Khan), Nadia Hallgren, Rodrigo Reyes, Yoruba Richen, and Byron Hurt.

Tribeca Festival, which will take place in New York City from June 8–19, 2022, will bring together diverse audiences via a curated lineup of film premieres, talks, and experiences at iconic venues throughout the city. Additionally, a curated a selection of narrative films, documentaries, and short films will be available exclusively online for U.S. audiences through the Tribeca At Home platform from June 9–26.

Read on to learn about screenings and events featuring Firelight-supported filmmakers, and get your tickets now before they sell out!

‘After Sherman,’ directed by Doc Lab alum Jon-Sesrie Goff (New York Premiere)

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Ambitiously structured and expressionistic, After Sherman tells a story of legacy in the context of Black history and the unrelenting unease that looms when this history is placed within the aggregate American experience. Jon-Sesrie Goff’s feature debut, the documentary comprises intimate accounts of the lives of the Black community in the filmmaker’s Black Belt hometown, on land that has been in his family for 150 years, where they were once enslaved. Now transformed, primarily on the backs and resourcefulness of Black people, and thriving as a wedding destination, it stands as a reminder of the painful, cross-generational consequences of racism, and a validation of life’s beauty. Learn more + Get Tickets

‘An Act of Worship,’ directed by Nausheen Dadabhoy, Doc Lab alum, and produced by Doc Lab alum Sofian Khan (World Premiere)

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In An Act of Worship, Pakistani-American filmmaker Nausheen Dadabhoy weaves a glorious tapestry of personal stories, verite, archival footage, and home movies together, to open a window into the world of Muslim Americans. Due to their first-hand knowledge and intimate access to the Muslim community, the filmmaking team is able to take charge of the account, which has previously been shaped by outsiders. Learn More + Get Tickets

An Act of Worship will also be the subject of a Tribeca Talks event on Saturday, June 11 at 1pm: AN ACT OF WORSHIP & THE PERSPECTIVE OF COMMUNITY STORYTELLERS.” This panel will discuss why it’s important to have storytellers from marginalized communities who can provide a perspective through their lived experience and disrupt harmful narratives that impact their communities. Space is limited! RSVP To Attend

‘CIVIL,’ directed by Firelight-supported filmmaker Nadia Hallgren (World Premiere)

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Attorney Benjamin Crump is on a mission to root out anti-Black racism and violence by hitting perpetrators where they’re hurt most: their wallets. Representing the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Daunte Wright, Andre Hill, Winston Boogie Smith, Jacob Blake, and the people of Flint, Michigan, among others, in civil lawsuits, Crump has been working to ensure financial accountability and raise the value that courts put on Black life. Learn More + Get Tickets

‘Sansón and Me,’ directed by William Greaves Fund and Spark Fund grantee Rodrigo Reyes (World Premiere)

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Tribeca alum Rodrigo Reyes returns with a deeply compassionate and aesthetically adventurous exploration of a young immigrant’s journey from coastal Mexico to prison in California. Reyes first met Sansón as the court interpreter at the trial in which Sansón was ultimately sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in a gang-related murder. Haunted by that initial encounter and drawn by Sansón’s earnestness and their common roots as migrants from Mexico, Reyes reached out to Sansón to explore telling his story. Learn More + Get Tickets

Rodrigo Reyes will also be featured on the Tribeca Talks panel “Latinx Voices + The Art of Nonfiction,” on June 13 at 12:30pm ET. Latinx filmmakers are pushing the boundaries of non-fiction, crafting urgent, deeply invigorating films. A conversation centered on race, class and representation featuring filmmakers Kristy Guevara-Flanagan (Body Parts), Rebeca Huntt (Beba) and Rodrigo Reyes (Sansón and Me). Moderated by Rick Pérez, Executive Director of the International Documentary Association. Get Tickets

‘The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks,’ co-directed by Doc Lab alum Yoruba Richen (World Premiere)

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Based on the bestselling biography by Jeanne Theoharis and executive produced by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, this crucial documentary on the “mother of the Civil Rights movement,” Rosa Parks, is a comprehensive telling of the icon’s lifelong dedication to activism. The film chronicles her historic role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, her work in politics alongside Congressman John Conyers in Detroit, and the many causes along the way, such as voting rights and reparations, that she fearlessly championed until her death in 2005. Learn More + Get Tickets

Yoruba Richen will also be featured in the Tribeca Talk panel “Filmmaking and Activism: From Civil Rights to Reparations” on Sunday, June 12 at 1pm ET. The conversation will include film co-directors Whitney Dow and Erika Alexander (The Big Payback) and Yoruba Richen and Johanna Hamilton (The Rebellious Life of Mrs Rosa Parks). Topics to include reparations, filmmaking as a tool for policy change, Black/white co-directing teams. RSVP To Attend

‘Hazing,’ directed by Doc Lab alum and William Greaves Fund grantee Byron Hurt (World Premiere/Tribeca Online Premiere)

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Weaving his own personal experience with hazing into larger narratives, director Byron Hurt posits the function, politics, and consequences of pledging rituals in the documentary Hazing. Hurt begins his focus on BGLOs (Black Greek Letter Organizations), but expands his scope as he navigates what necessitates these membership practices. Through a series of intimate interviews with victims’ families, survivors, and his fellow fraternity brothers, Hurt and his subjects go past the provocative headlines into the dangerous and careless realities of hazing. Learn More + Get Tickets

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