Beyond Resilience

Beyond Resilience is a series of screenings, essays, and curated conversations that explore the challenges, strategies, and experiences of creating and distributing work during periods of social transformation.

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From the beginning of artistic practice, documentation and cinema have been used by filmmakers, in partnership with their communities, to weather periods of deep crisis. Through colonization, genocide, mass censorship, political upheaval, recession, warfare, and disease, the work of film has been to bear witness, seek justice, survive and ultimately find strength and expression through the collective.

Our slate of Beyond Resilience programming takes a global and historical view of films created by filmmakers of color during critical periods of social transformation, seeking to learn from the filmmaker, their community, and the resilience born from collective experiences.


Find upcoming events in the Beyond Resilience series as well as recordings of past events below. Read essays from our Beyond Resilience series on our Medium page.

Events

August 2, 2024
Black on the Internet | Beyond Resilience x BlackStar Film Festival

Join Firelight Media's Beyond Resilience series for a special panel presentation at BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia.

July 18, 2024
The Power of the BIPOC Producer | Beyond Resilience

Join Firelight Media and the Documentary Producers Alliance on YouTube Live for a conversation about the power of BIPOC producers.

June 20, 2024
Beyond Resilience Masterclass: Making Music Docs that Sing

Firelight Media hosted a Beyond Resilience Masterclass with filmmakers behind some of the most lauded Black music documentaries of the decade.

May 10, 2024
Filming with Family | Beyond Resilience x CAAMFest Filmmaker Summit 2024

Join Firelight Media's Beyond Resilience series at CAAMFest Filmmaker Summit in San Francisco.

March 7, 2024
Interrogating the Festival to Awards Pipeline | Beyond Resilience

Firelight Media and Distribution Advocates hosted a conversation about navigating the festival to awards pipeline for documentary filmmakers.

January 25, 2024
The Optics of Islam | Beyond Resilience

A conversation with filmmakers and scholars about Muslim and MENASA representation.

December 7, 2023
The Documentary System is Broken. Now What? | Beyond Resilience

How can we band together to (re)build a system that will ensure independent filmmakers can thrive?

November 1, 2023
Palestinian Voices | Beyond Resilience

Beyond Resilience, with support from Field of Vision, is proud to be a community partner for the Arab Film & Media Institute's 'Palestinian Voices' program.

November 15, 2023
Navigating the Ethical and Business Landscape of Artificial Intelligence | Beyond Resilience

A conversation about the evolution of artificial intelligence and its impact on documentary filmmaking, presented with DOC NYC PRO.

September 21, 2023
Let's Talk Money | Beyond Resilience

Join Firelight Media for a conversation about creating work, profiting from that work, and creating a sustainable career in nonfiction film.

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.

November 13, 2022
Editing While BIPOC | Beyond Resilience

Firelight Media and BIPOC Doc Editors present a special event at DOC NYC PRO on the experiences of BIPOC editors in the documentary field.

October 13, 2022
The Making of Tubman/Douglass | Beyond Resilience Masterclass

Join Firelight Media for a Beyond Resilience Masterclass on the making of the new PBS documentaries on Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.

October 1, 2022
From Short to TV | Beyond Resilience x Femme Frontera

A panel discussion featuring Femme Frontera colleagues and past Showcase filmmakers who discuss their journeys from making short films to making content for productions such as Netflix, Amazon, PBS, AppleTV, and Amazon Studios.

September 28, 2022
Indigenous Forms | Beyond Resilience x IDA's Getting Real '22

Firelight Media hosted a special Beyond Resilience panel at Getting Real '22 featuring an international group of Indigenous filmmakers.

August 18, 2022
The Personal is Historical | Beyond Resilience Masterclass

Firelight Media hosted a Beyond Resilience Masterclass on using personal archives for nonfiction storytelling.

August 4, 2022
Firelight Media Cool Down | Beyond Resilience x BlackStar Film Festival

Firelight Media hosted a Beyond Resilience Cool Down at BlackStar Film Festival in Philly.

June 24, 2022
Stories of the Caribbean Diaspora | Beyond Resilience x Third Horizon Film Festival

Firelight Media hosted a Beyond Resilience panel at Third Horizon Film Festival on Stories of the Caribbean Diaspora.

June 10, 2022
Black Filmmakers on Telling Our History | Beyond Resilience Masterclass

Join Firelight Media for a special Beyond Resilience Masterclass featuring Black filmmakers on owning and telling our history.

April 28, 2022
Co-Creating with Justice-Involved Communities | Beyond Resilience

A panel discussion about co-creating documentary films with justice involved communities.

March 4, 2022
Muslim Filmmakers Roundtable | Beyond Resilience

A Beyond Resilience roundtable featuring Muslim filmmakers on ethics & accountability in the documentary ecosystem.

January 28, 2022
Collaborating with Documentary Protagonists | Beyond Resilience

Firelight Media hosted a special edition of the Beyond Resilience series at the Sundance Film Festival 2022.

December 10, 2021
Lynching Postcards: "Token of a Great Day" | Beyond Resilience Virtual Screening + Q&A

Firelight Media hosted a virtual screening of Christine Turner’s documentary short film "Lynching Postcards: 'Token of a Great Day.'"

November 11, 2021
Wellness and Sustainability for Artists at the End of the World | Beyond Resilience x NOFF

Join Firelight Media and New Orleans Film Festival for a special Beyond Resilience panel on wellness and sustainability for filmmakers.

September 16, 2021
This Body | Beyond Resilience Virtual Screening + Q&A

Firelight Media and WORLD Channel present a free virtual screening of the new short film 'This Body,' directed by Zac Manuel as part of the Hindsight series.

August 26, 2021
Death Is Our Business | Beyond Resilience Virtual Screening + Q&A

A livestream Q&A with 'Death Is Our Business' filmmaker Jacqueline Olive and special guests on the one-year anniversary of its filming in New Orleans.

July 29, 2021
Now Let Us Sing | Beyond Resilience Virtual Screening + Q&A

Firelight Media hosted a Beyond Resilience screening + livestream Q&A with filmmaker Dilsey Davis to celebrate the digital premiere of the Hindsight documentary short film series.

June 5, 2020
Future Visions | Beyond Resilience

Firelight Media hosted a conversation about what filmmaker-centric leadership could look like, and the possibilities for industry-wide structural change in this moment of upheaval.

June 12, 2020
Production in Times of Upheaval | Beyond Resilience

How does a documentary filmmaker fulfill their role in the midst of a pandemic and an uprising?

June 19, 2020
Tulsa, Juneteenth, and the Path Toward Economic Justice | Beyond Resilience

Firelight Media joined The Movement for Black Lives' national call to action on June 19 with a panel conversation that explored the history of Juneteenth and the burning of Black Wall Street in Tulsa, and grappled with the path toward economic justice for Black America.

June 26, 2020
Can Impact Go Virtual + How? | Beyond Resilience

As physical distancing continues to be the new norm, how can we still make an impact when apart? Sonya Childress, senior fellow at the Perspective Fund, takes us through case studies of documentary film campaigns that have launched in this moment and raise key questions around audience access, care, and how to reach social justice impact goals.

July 3, 2020
Dance, Scream, Shout! | Beyond Resilience Virtual Dance Party

A live event featuring a music set by DJ Frotasia to give our community the opportunity to dance, sing, and shout during a time of tremendous difficulty.

July 10, 2020
The (Un)Documented Lens | Beyond Resilience

Conversations on representation, labor, and equity featuring the work and perspectives of Undocumented storytellers.

July 17, 2020
The Black Gaze | Beyond Resilience

A conversation with Black filmmakers on how they are navigating the ubiquitous images of Black trauma in this moment, documenting Black life, and forging new cinematic languages, practices, and formal approaches.

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 filmmakers' demands for structural change.

August 7, 2020
The Life and Legacy of John Lewis | Beyond Resilience

A conversation to lift up the life and legacy of the former Congressman with inside stories and reflections on his leadership.

September 29, 2020
The Liberatory Canon | Beyond Resilience x IDA's Getting Real '20

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, presented at the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) Getting Real conference.

November 17, 2020
Beyond Inclusion | Beyond Resilience x DOC NYC

On November 17, 2020, as part of DOC NYC Live, Firelight Media presented a special edition of its Beyond Resilience Series.

March 25, 2021
AAPI Artists In The Making | Beyond Resilience Virtual Screening + Q&A

On Thursday, March 25 at 3pm ET, Firelight Media presented a virtual screening and livestream Q&A centering women, non-binary, and AAPI filmmakers and artists behind IN THE MAKING, Firelight Media’s documentary short film series in partnership with PBS American Masters.

April 23, 2021
Is The Awards System Broken? | Beyond Resilience

On Friday, April 23 at 3pm ET, Firelight Media presented a virtual panel discussion about the awards system for documentary films.

May 20, 2021
More Than One Lens | Beyond Resilience x CAAMFest

On Thursday, May 20 at 5pm ET, Firelight Media and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) presented a special edition of the Beyond Resilience Series at CAAMFest 2021 – “More Than One Lens.”

June 18, 2021
The Black Joy Playlist | Beyond Resilience

On the eve of Juneteenth, and in honor of Black Music Month,Firelight Media hosted a Beyond Resilience event celebrating music documentaries by and about Black artists.

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June 3, 2020
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July 3, 2023


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