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Cinema Village


Played August 26th-September 1st

Crystal R. Emery is founder and executive director of URU, The Right To Be, Inc., a non-profit media production company. With more than 30 years of entertainment industry experience, Ms. Emery brings seasoned expertise to clients in a strategic planning capacity as a Public Engagement and Media Specialist Consultant.

Passionate producer and filmmaker, Ms. Emery is known for award-winning documentaries and far-reaching educational initiatives continuing to inspire social change. Ms. Emery’s outstanding work was recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus with the Health Brain Trust Award in Journalism. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Time Magazine. Ms. Emery is currently working on her fourth book, “Without a Trace,” a love story.

Other notable works include: “This Is Where I Live, Don’t Dump On Me,” a play and a series of workshops designed to inspire environmental responsibility and cultivate problem-solving skills among children; Sankofa Cultural Art Festival, which brought together nationally renowned Native American, Latino and African-American artists from across the United States, and Woman to Woman: Helping Ourselves, a highly successful nationwide series of conferences focused on breast health education targeting women in urban communities.

Triumphing over two chronic diseases as a quadriplegic, Ms. Emery continues to shape a successful personal and professional life. A student of The New School of Learning, a division of the S.E.L.F. – Help Foundation, Inc. in New Rochelle, New York, Ms. Emery attributes her breakthrough as a writer and growth as a human being to her participation in the classes taught by Guru Madeleine.

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Meet Crystal during post-screening Q&A sessions and book signing, more info here