Friday February 26th 2021, 7:00 pm
Runtime: 86 mins
Director: Ashley O’Shay
Country: USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary, Historical, Lesbian
Seen through the eyes of two Black, queer women organizers - aspiring social worker Janaé and West Side artist and “rap-tivist” Bella, Unapologetic offers a lyrical and urgent portrait of the Black Lives Matter movement in Chicago. Director Ashley O’Shay paints a distinct timeline of activism in the face of adversity in the midwestern city from the 2012 police slaying of 22-year-old Rekia Boyd to the 2019 election of Chicago’s first Black, openly-queer mayor, Lori Lightfoot. Combining intimate interviews with activists and riveting footage of protests, Unapologetic shows the ways several activist groups came together to confront Chicago’s political administration as complicit in the deaths of its Black residents. Honing in on the Black, feminist voices at the forefront of the movement, the film allows O’Shay to capture the voices and stories of the inspirational individuals defining a movement and reshaping the landscape of our country.
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