Anti-Racist Documentary Filmmaking Workshop



Convened by
Elena Guzman Miasarah Lai

This workshop offers fundamental strategies for anti-racist documentary storytelling from concept to production. The need for anti-racist filmmaking has reverberated throughout the film industry with viral calls to action such as #OscarsSoWhite and #DecolonizeDocs. Media makers of colour continue to demand that filmmakers, funders, and the industry recognize the ongoing racist practices that prevent different voices and perspectives. This pre-recorded session covers practical anti-racist techniques and considerations for different stages of the filmmaking process, including development, lighting, cinematography, and interview techniques. During the live Q&A session, select participants will have a chance to workshop their projects. This workshop will be co-facilitated by organizers of Ethnocine Collective: Elena Guzman, filmmaker and Visiting Assistant Professor of Visual Studies and Anthropology at Haverford College, and Miasarah Lai, Documentary Filmmaker and Community Manager of Brown Girls Doc Mafia.

In the 2021 RAI Film Fest