Poster for Free Renty: Lanier v Harvard (Filmmaker Discussion!)

Free Renty: Lanier v Harvard

Fri, Oct 15
  • Fri, Oct 15
7:45 pm Q&A

Please Note: All in-person screenings for GlobeDocs Film Festival 2021 require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test for entry to the theater. A discussion with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

Director: David Grubin Run Time: 95 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2021

FREE RENTY tells the story of Tamara Lanier, an African American woman determined to force Harvard University to cede possession of daguerreotypes of her great-great-great grandfather, an enslaved man named Renty. The daguerreotypes were commissioned in 1850 by a Harvard professor to “prove” the superiority of the white race. The images remain emblematic of America‚Äôs failure to acknowledge the cruelty of slavery, the racist science that supported it and the white supremacy that continues to infect our society today. The film focuses on Lanier and tracks her lawsuit against Harvard, and features attorney Benjamin Crump, author Ta-Nehisi Coates and scholars Ariella Azoulay and Tina Campt.

In person Guests: David Grubin

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Please Note: All in-person screenings for GlobeDocs Film Festival 2021 will require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test upon entry to the theater