Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

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Watch From:USA
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00 (+ $2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:New American Visions
Documentary
Women & Film
Spotlight: Common Ground
Documentary Competition
Tags:Documentary
Social Justice
History
Women Directors
Human Rights
Black Perspectives
Politics
Culture & Society
Live Event
Includes Q&A
Best of Fest Encores
Release Year:2021
Runtime:117 min
Country/Region:USA
Festivals & Awards:SXSW 2021 - Documentary Spotlight Audience Award
Language:English
Print Source:Off Center Media
Trailer:https://vimeo.com/492610852
Cast/Crew
Director:Emily Kunstler
Sarah Kunstler
Executive Producer:Ted Hope
Fred Crosetto
Nader Naini
Yeganeh Naini
Bryan White
Christine White
Producer:Jeffery Robinson
Emily Kunstler
Sarah Kunstler
Gbenga Akinnagbe
Andrea Crabtree-Keller
Vanessa Hope
Susan Korda
Katharine Nephew
Jayashri Wyatt
Cinematographer:Jesse Wakeman
Screenwriter:Jeffery Robinson
Editor:Emily Kunstler
Composer:Kathryn Bostic

Description

Best of Fest Encores

FREE LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION May 17, 2021 7:00pm CST: Join MSPIFF Programmer Craig Laurence Rice, Who We Are filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, ACLU’s Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson, and Dr. Tiffany Crutcher for a special We The People: Required Watching conversation about the film and to take your questions.

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As an 11-year-old, marching with his father and brother alongside Martin Luther King in the 1968 Memphis sanitation strikes, Jeffery Robinson witnessed first-hand the persecution of the peaceful protesters. The searing images made an indelible impression and, eventually, inspired him to become a criminal defense attorney. Years later, raising his then 13-year-old nephew, he struggled with how to articulate the ways in which racism in America affected both of them. For the last decade, Robinson, now the ACLU’s Deputy Legal Director, has been sharing what he learned in community centers, concert halls, and houses of worship to anyone who will listen. Directors Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler bring Robinson’s searing Town Hall talk to vivid life.

Who We Are dynamically weaves archival footage, interviews, Robinson’s personal story, and his journeys across America, to explore the legacy of white supremacy in America. With great urgency, this powerful and galvanizing documentary addresses both America’s tragic past and a reckoning with our present-day reality.


Director Biography

Emily Kunstler Sarah Kunstler Born in New York City, documentary filmmakers Emily and Sarah Kunstler are the daughters of lawyer William Kunstler and human rights attorney Margaret Ratner Kunstler. In addition, Sarah is one of the top-rated civil rights attorneys in New York. They are the directors of the documentary shorts “Tulia, Texas: Scenes from the Drug War” (2003) and “Getting Through to the President” (2004) and the documentary feature about their father, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (2009).


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