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Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America. Jeffery Robinson with civil rights activist and lawyer Faya Ora Rose Touré and Senator Henry "Hank" Sanders on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America. Jeffery Robinson with civil rights activist and lawyer Faya Ora Rose Touré and Senator Henry “Hank” Sanders on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. | Credit: Emily Kunstler)

The new trailer is here for the documentary Who We Are – A Chronicle of Racism in America from filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler premiering at 2021 SXSW Film Festival.

Following a year when we as a nation confronted the racism within our many institutions, the documentary film follows ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson’s powerful and groundbreaking talk on the history of U.S. anti-Black racism interwoven with archival footage, interviews, and Robinson’s story, exploring the enduring legacy of white supremacy and our collective responsibility to overcome it. ;

Directed by Emily Kunstler & Sarah Kunstler (William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe ), the film is a powerful reminder of the work we still need to do to overcome the history of racism in this country. As Robinson states in the film, “it will never get easier to have an honest discussion about race in America than it is right now…because if we wait, it is only going to get harder”.

Jeffery Robinson (Producer/Writer) is a deputy legal director and the director of the ACLU Trone Center for Justice and Equality, which houses the ACLU’s work on criminal justice, racial justice, and reform issues. Since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1981, Jeff has four decades of experience working on these issues and has tried over 200 criminal cases to verdict. As a public defender in Seattle, he represented indigent clients in state and federal court and has represented a broad range of clients in private practice. Robinson was one of the original members of the John Adams Project where he worked on the behalf of one of five men held at Guantanamo Bay charged with carrying out the 9/11 attacks. In recent years, he has traveled the country speaking hard truths in a groundbreaking talk on racism in America. Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America is based on this talk.

Filmmakers Emily Kunstler (Producer/Director/Editor) and Sarah Kunstler (Producer/Director) are the founders of Off Center Media, a documentary production company dedicated to racial justice and social change. Their film, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (Sundance ’09, POV/PBS), was shortlisted for the Best Documentary Academy Award. The film is an examination of their father’s life and choices, tracing his career as a civil rights lawyer and fighter for racial justice, as well his representation of society’s most despised. Other Off Center Media films have contributed to campaigns to stay executions, convince decision makers to reopen cases, and exonerate the wrongfully convicted.

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