Visiting Filmmakers Series: Tim Harris, with Kenyatta: Do Not Wait Your Turn

Thursday, March 21, 2024 5:00 PM to 7:45 PM EDT
Johnson Center, Cinema


"In order to change the Senate, you need to change the Senators."

--Malcolm Kenyatta


Executive produced by Al Roker, the documentary Kenyatta: Do Not Wait Your Turn, tells the story of Malcolm Kenyatta, a self-described “poor, gay, Black man from North Philly,” currently a Pennsylvania State Representative, during his historic run for the Pennsylvania Democratic nomination for the United States Senate.   

Do Not Wait Your Turn premiered internationally at the 2023 London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival BFI Flare and at L.A.’s Outfest QTBIPOC Fusion Film Festival in Hollywood. It was the Opening Night film at the Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

Our screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Tim Harris. 

See film website

Tim Harris is documentary film director whose documentaries have debuted via The Atlantic and been selected to Oscar-qualifying festivals. Tim has made films for the Philadelphia Eagles and directed campaign launch films for the winning political campaigns of Senator Mark Kelly and Congressman Ritchie Torres. He is passionate about telling heartfelt and honest stories that have a lasting impact on the audience.

His first feature-documentary, Kenyatta: Do Not Wait Your Turn had its world premiere in London at BFI Flare in March 2023, followed by a U.S. premiere at the famous TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Los Angeles a few weeks later and a robust festival run. He also directed a short documentary about Rep. Kenyatta called "Going Forward" (2018), which debuted on The Atlantic. His second short documentary, "Mr. Y Not" (2020), also screened at festivals. 

This event is presented by Visiting Filmmakers Series; College of Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Visual and Performing Arts; Film at Mason; CVPA's Office of Belonging and Inclusive Engagement+; African and African American StudiesEnglish Department; Global AffairsHistory and Art History; University Life; and Women and Gender Studies. 

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For more information: 

Anjuli Singh,, Exhibitions and Office Coordinator, Film at Mason

Cynthia Fuchs, Director, Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason; Director, Film at Mason

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