FILMMAKERS


“Africa is a Part of Our Being”

—Carlos Lloga, Cuban Scholar



Producer, Director
Robin J. Hayes, PhD

Robin J. Hayes is a scholar and filmmaker who was the first person at Yale University to earn a combined doctorate in African American Studies and Political Science. With the help of a scholarship from the A Better Chance (ABC) program, she graduated from the prestigious St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island at the age of 16. After completing her bachelor’s degree at New York University with honors, she supervised a legal clinic for homeless families at the Urban Justice Center and facilitated human rights delegations and aid shipments to Cuba and Chiapas, Mexico as a national coordinator of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO). In addition to publishing several essays and scholarly articles, Robin has given lectures about her work at the University of Chicago, Indiana University, the New School for Social Research, the University of Washington-Seattle and Middlebury College among others. Currently, she is finishing a book manuscript and related documentary film titled, African Liberation, Black Power and a Diasporic Underground. Robin has held residential fellowships at Williams College and Northwestern University and received support for her work from the Ford Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. She is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Political Science at Santa Clara University and resides in Oakland, California.

Producer
Besenia Rodriguez, PhD

Besenia Rodriguez earned a BA in African American Studies and Education from Brown University and a Ph.D. in African American and American Studies from Yale University. Her work has been published in Souls: a Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, The Radical History Review and Transnational Blackness: Navigating the Global Color Line. She is based in Los Angeles, CA.


Additional Credits

Writers: Robin J. Hayes and Dalton Jones
Editors: Casey Gibbons, Kiana Green, Robin J. Hayes and Phil Wall
Assistant Producers: Seulghee Lee and Anisha Warner

The Travelers

Tokunbo Anifalaje
Erin Chapman
Tucker Foehl
Joshua Guild
Robin J. Hayes
Dalton Jones
Myra Jones-Taylor
Besenia Rodriguez
Theresa Runstedtler

Camera

Tokunbo Anifalaje
Erin Chapman
Tucker Foehl
Casey Gibbons
Joshua Guild
Robin J. Hayes
Dalton Jones
Myra Jones-Taylor
Besenia Rodriguez
Theresa Runstedtler
Phil Wall