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Roger Ross Williams

Roger Ross Williams

Highest Rated: 100% God Loves Uganda (2013)

Lowest Rated: 72% The Rachel Divide (2018)

Birthday: Sep 16, 1973

Birthplace: South Carolina, USA

Many first became familiar with filmmaker Roger Ross Williams when he won an Academy Award in 2010 for his documentary short "Music by Prudence" (2010), making him the first African American to win an Oscar for directing and producing a feature or short. Born in South Carolina in 1976, Williams' family struggled to pay bills as his mother worked long hours as a housekeeper. Williams still toiled hard to attended college however, first at Northampton Community College and later at NYU, and by 1995 he had broken into the film industry, producing segments for TV specials like People Magazine's "People Yearbook '95" (CBS, 1995). Williams worked in television for several years while he honed his skills and gathered his resources, finally directing his first documentary "New York Underground" (Discovery Times Channel, 2003) in 2003. "Music by Prudence" came a few years later, quickly followed by his next documentary short "God Loves Uganda" (2013), which examined the attempts by Christian evangelicals to indoctrinate the people of Uganda. Two years later, he directed the shorts "Gospel of Intolerance" (2015) and "Blackface" (2015), and by 2016, Williams was in the Awards spotlight again, this time for his documentary feature "Life, Animated" (2016).


Roger Ross Williams



No Score Yet No Score Yet The Battle for Laikipia Executive Producer - 2024
100% 66% Stamped From the Beginning Director,
Executive Producer
- 2023
91% 74% Cassandro Director,
- 2023
82% 69% Love to Love You, Donna Summer Director,
- 2023
100% 77% Master of Light Producer - 2022
88% 70% Civil: Ben Crump Producer - 2022
92% No Score Yet I Am Samuel Executive Producer - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion Executive Producer - 2019
96% 85% The Apollo Director,
- 2019
72% 58% The Rachel Divide Executive Producer - 2018
87% 75% The Gospel According to André Executive Producer $388.2K 2017
94% 81% Life, Animated Director,
$244.0K 2016
100% 77% God Loves Uganda Director,
$48.0K 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Music by Prudence Director - 2010


100% 86% High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America Executive Producer 2021 2023
100% 59% Savior Complex Executive Producer 2023
83% 74% The Super Models Executive Producer 2023
93% 34% The 1619 Project Executive Producer,
100% 90% The Innocence Files Executive Producer 2020
92% No Score Yet Dogs Director 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet 20/20 Guest 2016
86% 89% The New Yorker Presents Executive Producer,
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show Guest 2014