Fellows & Editors


Yoruba Richen

Fellows Fall 2004
ABC News
South Africa

Yoruba Richen is the director of "Promised Land" - a documentary about race and land in post-apartheid South Africa that she began on the IRP Fellowship in the fall of 2004. The film received co-production funding from the PBS series P.O.V and will be broadcast on PBS in 2010.  In 2007, Yoruba  won a Fulbright award in filmmaking and traveled to Salvador, Brazil where she began production of Sisters of the Good Death - a documentary uncovering the origins of the oldest African women's association in the Americas and the annual festival they hold celebrating the end of slavery. Before going to Brazil, Yoruba was a producer for the independent television and radio program Democracy Now with Amy Goodman. From 2000 to 2004, she was an associate producer for Brian Ross, the Chief Investigative Correspondent at ABC News. Yoruba was also an associate producer for a number of films including the BET series Biographies in Black and the feature film Brother to Brother.  She  was the co-producer of Take it From Me, a documentary exploring the effects of welfare reform on New York City women. The film was broadcast on P.O.V in 2001. Yoruba  received a B.A from Brown University and Masters in City Planning from University of California, Berkeley.

Promised Land will air on PBS’s POV on July 6. Click here for additional details and to find local listings...

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