LIVE NOW: 2021 Empowering Truth Benefit Replay

We are full of gratitude for everyone who was able to join us for the 2021 Empowering Truth Benefit!

Throughout the evening, we were honored to hear from incredible guests and share what's coming for Kartemquin Films, including the exciting return of Diverse Voices in Documentary. We highlighted new work from Steve James, Gordon Quinn + Leslie Simmer, Zak Piper + Raj Patel, and our four Hulu Accelerator Fellows: Colette Ghunim, Reveca Torres, LaToya Flowers, and Resita Cox

This video has been edited from the original live version of the event. 

Watch here.

As documentaries experience a surge of popular interest, a cultural shift is happening in the industry. A call for a new class of storytellers, invested in telling the stories of their own communities. Director Steve James moderated a conversation with the next generation of Kartemquin filmmakers about their process, the evolving role of the filmmaker during this moment of political and social reckoning, and the future of the industry as they see it. This panel featured Rubin Daniels, Jr., Bing Liu, Ashley O’Shay, Kevin Shaw, Jenny Shi,  and Reveca Torres.

Legendary KTQ Artistic Director, Gordon Quinn and the groundbreaking Chicago Film Workshop Executive Director Margaret Caples in conversation on the role of institutions in the changing documentary landscape, moderated by Morgan Elise Johnson, publisher of The TRiiBE.

We were treated to a groundbreaking keynote featuring an intimate conversation between Sylvia Ewing and Clint Smith III a renowned writer (and author of the recent New York Times bestseller and National Book Award longlisted work, How the Word is Passed and a host of incredible work in The Atlantic) reflecting on how historical narratives are shaped and passed on in America and our ongoing reckoning towards authentic, shared understanding of a collective history. This conversation was only available to the live event audience.