Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard

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Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose Wed, Aug 24, 2022 12:00 PM
Pruneyard Cinemas #7 Mon, Aug 29, 2022 6:30 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Runtime (minutes):95
Premiere Status:SF-San Jose Bay Area Premiere
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Tamara Lanier
Benjamin Crump
Ariella Azoulay
Tina Campt
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Director:David Grubin
Producer(s):David Grubin
Cinematography:Sam Russell
Music By:Xavier Muzik
Michael Bacon
Editor:Deborah Peretz


FREE RENTY tells the story of Tamara Lanier, an African American woman determined to force Harvard University to cede possession of daguerreotypes (photograph) 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’s 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, featuring attorney Benjamin Crump, author Ta-Nehisi Coates, and scholars Ariella Azoulay and Tina Campt. Tamara Lanier's lawsuit against Harvard makes the explosive issues of white supremacy and reparations vividly personal.

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This Film Presented in Honor of