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April 19: Meet the Filmmaker: A Discussion with Ashley O’Shay
Monday, April 19, at 6 p.m.
The Social Justice Institute (SJI) is excited to announce an opportunity to virtually meet with filmmaker Ashley O’Shay, winner of the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) Groundbreaker Award. O’Shay is the director, producer and cinematographer of the CIFF45 Streams film UNAPOLOGETIC, the story of two young Black female activists fighting for transformative justice, responsible policing and legal reform in Chicago, Illinois.
Watch UNAPOLOGETIC at your convenience and then join us for a live virtual dialogue with O’Shay on Monday, April 19, at 6 p.m. SJI Co-Directors Ayesha Bell Hardaway and Mark Chupp will moderate the discussion. The session will feature an interactive Q&A with O’Shay.
We have 10 ticket vouchers for students to see the film free (email email@example.com). For others, use the DISCOUNT CODE FILM45 when purchasing tickets at clevelandfilm.org (available 24 hours a day). Enter the code in the DISCOUNT CODE box on the PAYMENT INFORMATION screen during checkout to take $1.00 off of each ticket in your cart. This discount is good for any Festival film ticket (some restrictions may apply).
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About the film UNAPOLOGETIC
Janaé and Bella are Black female activists fighting for transformative justice, responsible policing, and legal reform in Chicago, Illinois. Frustrated that Black women are frequently excluded from leadership in mainstream movements, they unapologetically advocate for racial justice through a Black, queer, female lens.
Janaé, a leader in the Black Youth Project 100 and a doctoral candidate, balances rallies for justice with dissertation meetings. Bella is a scholar and “raptivist” using music to promote Black liberation and uplift Black women. The documentary follows their relentless campaigns to achieve justice for Rekia Boyd and Laquan McDonald, both fatally shot by police. Despite growing evidence of misconduct, no officers have received disciplinary action.
UNAPOLOGETIC presents an unfettered view of a rising generation's frustrations. Often misunderstood and perceived by authority as brash and unreasonable, these leaders are provided with a platform to freely express their concerns, fears, and desires. What emerges is a beautiful portrait of two young activists maturing into Black woman organizers at the helm of powerful grassroots movements. — R.R. View trailer
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