July 31, 2020

After the Call Out | Beyond Resilience

The recent announcement that golfing icon Tiger Woods would be the subject of a two-part HBO documentary series set in motion a heated debate in the documentary industry about equity, power, and BIPOC's filmmakers' demands for structural change.


  • Marcia Smith, President of Firelight Media


  • Grace Lee, directed and produced And She Could Be Next, POV's first broadcast series about women of color transforming American politics as candidates and as grassroots organizers. Grace was also a producer and director on Asian Americans, a groundbreaking five-part PBS series that casts a fresh lens on U.S. history through the stories, contributions, and challenges of Asian Americans. Grace is also a member of the documentary branch at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and co-founder of the national filmmaker led collective Asian American Documentary Network (A-DOC).
  • Marjan Safinia, Iranian documentary filmmaker whose films examine identity, community, and social justice. With Grace Lee, Marjan produced and directed And She Could Be Next. Other works include: Seeds and But You Speak Such Good English. Until 2018, Marjan was the longest-serving President of the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association, and the only woman of color to lead since its founding in 1982. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chicken & Egg Pictures, a member of the Academy, and one of five co-hosts of The D-Word.
  • Iyabo Boyd, founder and director of Brown Girls Doc Mafia, whose mission is to bolster the creative and professional success of women and non-binary people of color working in the documentary industry, and to challenge the often marginalizing norms of the documentary field. Prior to Brown Girls, Iyabo held positions in development, program management, and funding at the Points North Institute, First Look Media's Topic.com, Kickstarter, Good Pitch, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Tribeca Film Institute, and IFP. Iyabo is also a producer, screenwriter, and director of fiction and documentary projects that have screened at the Berlinale, Sundance, Tribeca, and BlackStar Film Festival.
  • Geeta Gandbhir, who is an award-winning director, producer, and editor. As director, she won best documentary at the News & Doc Emmy's for I Am Evidence, and Outstanding Politics and Government Doc for Armed With Faith. As editor, won a Primetime Emmy for Spike Lee's HBO documentary series, When the Levees Broke. And also for the HBO film, By the People: The Election of Barack Obama. Other films she edited include: Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown and My Neighbourhood, and When the Levees Broke, all of which won Peabody Awards.
August 6, 2023

Disability Justice: Spotlight on unseen | Beyond Resilience

Firelight Media co-presents a panel on disability justice at BlackStar Film Festival 2023, featuring Documentary Lab Fellow Set Hernandez Rongkilyo.

June 29, 2023

QTBIPOC Representation in Documentary | Beyond Resilience

Firelight Media hosted a Beyond Resilience Pride Month conversation about queer, trans, and BIPOC representation in documentary.

May 25, 2023

AAPI Cultural Icons | Beyond Resilience

Firelight Media hosted a Beyond Resilience event celebrating AAPI cultural icons as seen through the lens of AAPI filmmakers.

April 20, 2023

Centering the Artist in Documentary | Beyond Resilience

Firelight Media hosted a virtual panel discussion on producing documentary films centered on artists of color, by artists of color.

February 23, 2023

Black & Now | Beyond Resilience

Firelight Media hosted a Beyond Resilience event celebrating filmmakers and artists who capture the essence of contemporary Black life in America today.

March 13, 2023

Making Music Docs That Aren't One Note | Beyond Resilience x SXSW

Join Firelight Media at SXSW for a conversation featuring BIPOC filmmakers on making music documentaries.

January 26, 2023

The Future of Film Programming | Beyond Resilience

A Beyond Resilience conversation on community-centered curatorial practices, festival programming guidelines, and distribution pathways.

December 15, 2022

Producing Documentaries with Impact | Beyond Resilience Masterclass

Firelight Media hosted a Beyond Resilience Masterclass with Firelight-supported filmmakers who are producing documentary films with impact.


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