Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler, USA 2021, 118’
Polish premiere

Desire, Fortune, Hope, Prosperity are the names of the first four slave ships to leave US shipyards. They are also the four foundations of American statehood, economy and politics. Jeffery Robinson, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer and founder of the Who We Are project documenting the history of racial prejudice and violence against African Americans, reminds audiences that the United States is a country built for centuries on white supremacy, systemic hatred against African Americans and an economy of ruthless exploitation of minorities. Who We Are is a recording of a lecture given by Robinson in 2018 supplemented with a record of his journey in the footsteps of American racism: from the motel in Memphis, where Martin Luther King was murdered, through the museum of slavery, to the places where Confederate monuments still stand. Passionate, full of bitterness, but also energy and hope for a different future, this is a must-see history lesson. 

Jakub Demiańczuk


Seattle IFF 2021 - Best Documentary; SXSW 2021 - Audience Award

Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler

Emily Kunstler, director of documentaries, and Sarah Kunstler, a lawyer who works with her sister on the production of films, are the daughters of famous attorney and human rights defender William Kunstler, known among others from the defense of the Chicago Seven (played by Mark Rylance in Aaron Sorkin's film). Their film dedicated to their father, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. 


2003 Tulia, Texas: Scenes from the Drug War (doc. short)

2004 Getting Through to the President (doc. short)

2009 William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (doc.)

2021 Kim jesteśmy: kronika rasizmu w Ameryce / Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler
screenplay Jeffery Robinson
cinematography Jesse Wakeman
editing Emily Kunstler
music Kathryn Bostic
cast Jeffery Robinson, Gwen Carr, Tiffany Crutcher, Carolyn Payne
producer Jeffery Robinson, Sarah Kunstler, Emily Kunstler
production Off Center Media
sales Sony
language English
coloration colour & b&w
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