FREE RENTY: LANIER V. HARVARD – at Buffalo International Film Festival
FREE RENTY: LANIER V. HARVARD
SCREENING W/ FILMMAKER Q&A
Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard
David Grubin (Dir), 94 minutes, USA, Western New York Premiere
Director David Grubin in attendance.
The story of Tamara Lanier, an African-American woman determined to force Harvard University to cede ownership of daguerreotypes of her great-great-great grandfather, an enslaved man named Renty. The images are emblematic of the inhumanity of slavery, the racist science that supported it, and the white supremacy that continues to infect our society today. The film follows Lanier’s lawsuit and the growing activism around it, and features Attorney Benjamin Crump and author Ta-Nehisi Coates.