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Documentary on racism includes Q&A from Black Wall Street leaders

by The Black Wall Street Times
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Documentary on racism includes Q&A from Black Wall Street leaders
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Tulsa, Okla.—Circle Cinema is reducing tickets to just five dollars for screenings of  the documentary “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America,” which opens February 25, 2022. Opening weekend includes a Q&A on Saturday, February 26 at 7 p.m. with community partners the Terence Crutcher Foundation and Justice for Greenwood.

Filmmakers Jeffery Robinson, Sarah Kunstler, and Emily Kunstler will be joined by Dr. Tiffany Crutcher and Chief Egunwale F. Amusan, who are featured in the film, for a community conversation after Saturday’s screening.

Ticket proceeds from the Saturday filmmaker Q&A screening will be donated to the Terence Crutcher Foundation.

The documentary “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America” follows lawyer Jeffery Robinson as he draws a stark timeline of anti-Black racism in the United States, from slavery to the modern myth of a post-racial America. Portions of the film are set in Tulsa as Robinson discusses the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Chronicling our nation’s history

In the documentary, Robinson also interviews Dr. Tiffany Crutcher about her brother Terrence Crutcher, who was unarmed when he was shot and killed by police in Tulsa. Robinson and Dr. Crutcher discuss the Terrence Crutcher Foundation and the work being done to end the realities of violent policing.

“This is the most important film of 2022 – one that every Tulsan needs to see,” said Chuck Foxen, Circle Cinema Programmer. “Whether you’re a loyal Circle Cinema member or new to screenings at Circle, we reduced admission price by more than half to expand access and draw attention to this film that chronicles our nation’s history.” The organization believes strongly that this documentary is one of the most powerful and impactful films they’ve ever screened.

Tickets for the filmmaker Q&A screening on Saturday, February 26 at 7 p.m. are on sale now at CircleCinema.org. All other showtimes will include a video introduction from Robinson to viewers at Circle Cinema.

Tickets cost five dollars for all documentary showtimes and can also be purchased on the Circle Cinema website. 

Jeffery Robinson

Jeffery Robinson, the host of the documentary, is the founder and CEO of The Who We Are Project and a former deputy legal director at the ACLU, where he was 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 had four decades of experience working on these issues. Jeff 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.

Emily and Sarah Kunstler

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. For more on their work, please visit www.off-center.com

Chief Egunwale F. Amusan

Chief Egunwale F. Amusan is a social justice advocate and an Historic Greenwood/Black Wall Street Historian. A lifetime resident of Tulsa, he is an organizational member of the African American Affairs Commission, President of the African Ancestral Society, Advisor to the Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce, founder of the Black Wall Street Memorial March and founder of the Real Black Wall Street Tour. He is kin to Tulsa Massacre Survivor, Raymond Beard Sr. 

In the documentary “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America,” Jeffrey Robinson exposes how deeply encoded white supremacy and the oppression of Black Americans is in our nation’s history. Weaving heartbreak, humor, passion, and rage, Robinson shows us how legalized discrimination and state-sanctioned brutality, murder, dispossession, and disenfranchisement continued long after slavery ended.

The documentary illustrates how these atrocities profoundly impeded Black Americans’ ability to create and accumulate wealth as well as to gain access to jobs, housing, education, and health care.

His words lay bare an all-but-forgotten past, as well as our shared responsibility to create a better country in our lifetimes.

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