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Why We Hate with Laura Karpman and Geeta Gandbhir

June 10, 2020   |   1:00pm PDT   |   Screening + Q&A





Screening Link available upon Registration

YouTube Live Stream Q&A:


Why We Hate examines the causes of some of the most pressing social issues of our time, looking at the institutionalized racism and hatred that are built into our contemporary societal structure. Drawing on research in psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and history, an investigation into the human capacity for hatred. If we all have the capacity to hate, what does it take to awaken our worst tendencies? Journalist & author Jelani Cobb investigates how “hate tools” like propaganda, dehumanization, the internet, symbols, & more can incite, amplify and spread hatred.

TV-13 | 50 min

A bold, incandescent talent, Laura Karpman is an award-winning composer who brings a uniquely vivid and conceptual voice to her body of work that spans film, television, concert halls, theater, and video games. Karpman works with the most creative filmmakers of our time, including Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney, Kasi Lemmons, Rory Kennedy, Sam Pollard, Kathy Bates, and Eleanor, Francis Ford and Sophia Coppola.  The four-time Emmy winner’s film and television credits include the upcoming HBO series Lovecraft Country, 2020 Oscar-nominated Walk Run Cha Cha, the Discovery Channel docu-series Why We Hate, and Miss Virginia, starring Uzo Aduba. Karpman has received a Critic’s Choice award for her song, Jump, co-written by frequent collaborators Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson and sung by Cynthia Erivo. In the concert hall Karpman is known for her Grammy award-winning album, ASK YOUR MAMA, a multimedia opera based on an iconic cycle of poems by Langston Hughes. Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the work was a collaboration between Karpman, The Roots, opera singer Jessye Norman and jazz singer Nnenna Freelon. Recent notable concert works include All American, premiered last summer at the Hollywood Bowl, commissioned and performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic and And Still We Dream commissioned by Lyric Opera of Kansas City to celebrate 100 years of suffrage.  She is currently developing the opera Balls, with NY Times writer Gail Collins, chronicling Billie Jean King’s epic 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match. Karpman is a fierce champion for women in music. In 2014, Karpman founded The Alliance for Women Film Composers; in 2015, she became the first American woman composer inducted into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and one year later, Karpman was elected the first female governor of the music branch.

Director/Producer Geeta Gandbhir has been nominated for six Emmy Awards and won two. As editor, her films have been nominated twice for the Academy Award, winning once, and have also won four Peabody Awards. She recently co-directed the six-part series Why We Hate for Jigsaw Productions and Amblin Entertainment, for Discovery. She also co-directed the feature documentary I Am Evidence for HBO which has won a 2019 DuPont and ATAS Award, and the award-winning short film, Love the Sinner which premiered at the 2017 TribeCa Film Festival. In 2016, her feature documentary, Prison Dogs, which she co-directed with Perri Peltz, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. She is also currently co-directing and co-producing a Conversation on Race series with The New York Times Op-Docs, which won an Online Journalism Award for Online Commentary, an AFI Documentary Film Festival Audience Award for Best Short and garnered a MacArthur Grant.


– FREE for current SCL members (click HERE to check membership status).

– Attendees will receive Screening Links upon Registration and a Q&A YouTube Live Stream link on Wednesday, June 10, 10 minutes before Q&A start.

– Only the SCL Host, Moderator, and Panelists will be visible on screen.

– Attendees can ask questions on YouTube chat, and the SCL Host will pass them on to the Moderator. The SCL Member Code of Conduct applies to online Q&As.