LATEST DOCUMENTARY WORK
"RIGHT TO OFFEND: THE BLACK COMEDY REVOLUTION"
TV Series | 4 hours | 2022
Director & Executive Producer
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On June 29 and 30 2022, A&E Network premiered the new two-part documentary event, Right To Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution exploring the progression of Black comedy and the comedians who have used pointed humor to expose, challenge and ridicule society’s injustices in America. Executive produced by Kevin Hart’s HARTBEAT and TIME Studios, the documentary explores Black comedy through a unique lens, tracing the evolution and social awakening of the courageous comedians who dared to push against the constraints of their time and spoke truth to power.
Featuring: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, DL Hughley, Steve Harvey, Sherri Shepherd, Michael Che, Katt Williams, Amber Ruffin, Lil Rel Howery, W Kamau Bell, Aisha Tyler, Wayne Brady, Kenan Thompson, Alonzo Bodden and more.
You can currently watch both parts on the A&E app or on Amazon Prime Video.
Jessica Sherif is an Algerian, Spanish and French-Canadian director, producer and writer, currently based in NYC. She channels her multi-cultural background to tell engaging and impactful character-based stories that resonate across different perspectives and cultures.
Right To Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution, the two-part documentary TV series she directed and executive produced along with TIME Studios and Kevin Hart's Hartbeat Productions, recently premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival and aired on A&E.
Her first narrative feature is currently in development, and was selected as part of the 2022 Tribeca Creators Market. Jessica has also directed several short films that have won prizes at Hollyshorts, Tallgrass, and more festivals, as well as branded videos for companies like Soul Pancake and ApparentlyJack.
Jessica got her start in broadcast journalism, working her way up across outlets like NY1, MSNBC and CNN. She then spent several years as a producer on the Emmy Award-winning investigative series Dan Rather Reports. After that, Jessica worked as director of development for Creature Films at Entertainment One, where she contributed to several projects including A&E’s Emmy-nominated L.A. Riots, MTV’s Siesta Key and BET’s Death Row Chronicles. Jessica has also produced episodes of E!’s Revenge Body and Netflix’s Ultimate Beastmaster.
Jessica is a proud member of the Directors Guild of America, Film Fatales and the Alliance of Women Directors.