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Sonya Childress

United States
Climate Change, Racial Injustice, Refugee Crisis and Immigration
Impact Strategist/Advisor
Cultural/racial identity:
African American, Puerto Rican
Self identification:


Sonya Childress is a cultural strategist who believes in the transformative power of film. She co-directs the Color Congress, an ecosystem-builder that resources, supports, and connects organizations led by people of color that serve nonfiction filmmakers, leaders, and audiences of color across the US and territories, with Sahar Driver. As Senior Fellow with the Perspective Fund, she supported projects that moved the documentary field towards equity and transparency. She spent two decades leading impact campaigns and distribution strategies at Active Voice, California Newsreel and Firelight Media, where she piloted a fellowship for impact producers of color. She is a board member of the Center for Cultural Power, a member of the Documentary Accountability Working Group and Global Impact Producer Assembly, a working group member for ‘The Lens Reflected’ study, and was a 2015 Rockwood JustFilms Fellow.