Thursday, October 13, 2022 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT
Johnson Center, Cinema
Join us for a screening and discussion of Unapologetic, with filmmaker Ashley O'Shay.
After two police killings, Black millennial organizers challenge a Chicago administration complicit in state violence against its Black residents. Told through the lens of Janaé and Bella, two fierce abolitionist leaders, Unapologetic is a deep look into the Movement for Black Lives, from the police murder of Rekia Boyd to the election of Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Unapologetic illuminates the love underpinning the anger and frustration that comes with being Black, queer women in the US, and elevates those who are most often leading the way while being denied the spotlight.
"This invigorating documentary illuminates the love underpinning the anger and frustration that comes with being Black, queer women in the United States, and elevates those who are most often leading the way while being denied the spotlight." -- Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
“I hope ‘Unapologetic’ inspires viewers to meet the movement where they’re at. At such a hallmark time in the conversation around policing and brutality in our country, it is crucial for communities to investigate how they can best serve the movement, and recognize what Black grassroots organizations have already taken the lead." -- Ashley O’Shay, Variety.
"O’Shay’s “Unapologetic” is the embodiment of that desire [for Black liberation]; the spirit of generational, social change happening on a local level by two unabashedly brilliant and courageous Black women activists, unwilling to take “no” for an answer." -- Robert Daniels, RogerEbert.com
Ashley O'Shay is a freelance DP and documentarian based in Chicago, IL, whose work focuses on illuminating marginalized voices. She has produced work for national brands, including Lifetime, Ford Motor Company, Boost Mobile, KQED, and Dr. Martens.
Recently, Ashley filmed the Chicago episode of KQED’s “If Cities Could Dance,” garnering over 600K views on social and web. Her work also appeared in the critically-acclaimed Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly. Although she has crafted many short films, Unapologetic serves as her first venture into the feature world, and she could not be more excited to help portray this powerful narrative.
“When I go out into the field with my camera to document a protest or event around me, I'm still a Black woman in America. That's still how people are gonna see me. And that's not something I feel I can abandon because I have a camera in my hand.” -- Ashley O'Shay, 'How did we get here? Filmmakers on capturing history through their lenses," ABC News.
See this interview with Ashley.
Unapologetic's broadcast premiere was in May 2021, on PBS' POV Series. The POV website includes discussion guide and reading list.
For more information:
Anjuli Singh, firstname.lastname@example.org, Exhibitions and Office Coordinator, Film at Mason
Cynthia Fuchs email@example.com, Director, Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason; Interim Director, Film at Mason