Sundance ’17: ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ by Stanley Nelson
Two years after his documentary on the Black Panthers, filmmaker Stanley Nelson chronicles the evolution of the United States’ historically black colleges and universities.
“Nelson and his co-writer, Marcia Smith, begin the HBCU story in this film in the post-Civil War South and bring it up to the moment, suggesting but not naming the Black Lives Matter movement as the newest iteration in a legacy of social engagement and self-determination. Throughout the doc, K.A. Miille’s expert editing accentuates the intrinsic energy and passion of the material.”