Directed by: Stanley Nelson
Total Runtime: 85 min
Country of Origin: United States
- Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival
- California Premiere
“Reveals the crucial role of HBCUs not only in the identity of black Americans but in the nation as a whole. Amid setbacks and challenges, the cultural heritage that began with contraband schools is still thriving, still urgent.”
Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) spans 170 years of American history. This two-hour film and multi-platform project by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the pivotal role HBCUs have played in the ascent of African-Americans and their families, from slavery to the present day. The film also examines the impact HBCUs have had — and continue to have — on American history, culture, and national identity.