Director: Ashley O'Shay
2020 | USA | 86m
GENRE: Activism | Black/African American | Lesbian | Politics | Queer | Racism
SECTION: Documentary Features
Expected Guests: Features Q&A with director and producer Ashley O'Shay, producer Morgan Elise Johnson subject Bella BAHHS, and subject Janaé Bonsu.

Seen through the eyes of two Black, queer women organizers—aspiring social worker Janaé and West Side artist and “rap-tivist” Bella—Unapologetic is a film about “Black girl magic,” offering a lyrical and urgent portrait of the Black Lives Matter movement in Chicago. Four years in the making, 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 that’s complicit in the deaths of its Black residents. Honing in on the Black, feminist voices at the forefront of the movement, the film—produced by Frameline favorite Yvonne Welbon (Living with Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100, Frameline23)—allows O’Shay to capture the voices and stories of the inspirational individuals defining a movement and reshaping the landscape of our country.


Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am Thursday, September 17 and 11:59pm Sunday, September 27. We suggest watching it at 2:00pm Sunday, September 27 followed by the Q&A.

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