Co-Presented with the Roxbury International Festival,

Watch the film until 11:59 P.M. tonight HERE!
If you missed our live Q&A with Unapologetic director Ashley O'Shay and editor Rubin Daniels, watch it here!
Unapologetic follows Janaé and Bella, two abolitionist leaders of the Movement for Black Lives, as they challenge state-sanctioned violence from the police department to complicit administrators in Chicago. As her own cinematographer, first-time feature director Ashley O’Shay records their stories with a rare intimacy and piercing insistence on rejecting the structures of our carceral state in both content and in form. In between and drawing strength from their activist work calling for justice for Rekia Boyd and Laquan McDonald, Janaé pursues a PhD in social work and Bella records a rap album. Over the course of several years, this kaleidoscopic approach brilliantly affirms the complex humanity and fierce pride of these community organizers.

From the opening scene of a protest that disrupts the placid brunching of a restaurant full of white people, Unapologetic resists reformist narratives of Black resistance. Instead of framing the film around the criminal cases against individual police officers, a specific race for political office, or focusing the film on organizers who already held a national spotlight, O’Shay traces the vital community-building organizing work of young, queer Black women with deep roots in their neighborhoods. The public-facing protests and their reverberations are just as important as the planning work behind them, the capacity-building connections between organizers, and the joy inherent in celebrations of lived experience. This film understands that we won’t get the future we want by working within traditional systems and oppressive hierarchies. The future is already here, and its representation is life-affirming. (AS)
Ashley O'Shay Select Filmography

Unapologetic (2020)
Represent (2020, additional cinematography)
KQED’S If Cities Could Dance (2019, cinematographer)
The Area (2018, assistant editor)
Other Co-Presented Screenings!
**Films we're excited to co-present, but they won't be streaming directly from us, so make sure to click on the ticket links below and reach out to us if you have any questions on how to watch!**
Tickets for this screening are FREE and will be available to reserve HERE starting at 12 PM EST today!

Reserve your ticket, then join the screening starting at 7 PM EST. It is synchronous (can be started late but can't be viewed at a later date). A live conversation with director Mia Donovan will follow the screening!
The story of how Dr. Mutulu Shakur, stepfather of Tupac Shakur, along with fellow Black Panthers and the Young Lords, combined community health with radical politics to create the first acupuncture detoxification program in America in 1973 – a visionary project eventually deemed too dangerous to exist. Watch the film at 7 P.M. and then join for a live conversation with Director Mia Donovan following the screening!

**Note: Tickets for this screening are FREE and will be available to reserve starting at 12 PM EST on the day of the screening at the tickets link above! Reserve your ticket and the screening starts at 7pm and is synchronous (can be started late but can't be viewed at a later date). **
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