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August 1, 2021

Values That Drive Kartemquin


The sustainability of Midwestern storytellers and a thriving regional ecosystem is a marker of success for Kartemquin.


Centering our work in justice and equity, through a reparations framework, we commit to supporting work by those traditionally excluded from the documentary space and at Kartemquin.


Integrity in our work means respecting people’s experiences, understanding that our commitments are to people and not projects, and declining transactional, extractive ways of working.


Safety and accountability must be planned for and intentionally and consistently curated, particularly at a legacy White-led organization like Kartemquin.


Fostering transparency in our work is essential to (re)building trust in our community, by having clearer frameworks around our criteria for with whom we work and why.