Ashley O’Shay’s crucial doc delves into the Movement for Black Lives through the eyes of two fierce abolitionist leaders seeking justice in Chicago.
Unapologetic, by director-producer Ashley O’Shay, is a profound depiction of the realities of police brutality and strength in the face of oppression. The documentary follows two young Black activists, Janaé Bonsu and Bella BAHHS, and their fight for justice after the murder of Rekia Boyd. What makes this film unique and incredibly captivating is the discussion of areas in the movement that are often forgotten. From Black queer history in activism to misogynoir, real and painful topics are meaningfully explored. Unapologetic shows us not only the bare bones of a longstanding fight for justice, but also the toll this fight takes on communities and community leaders. Made before the murder of George Floyd and the widespread anti-racism demonstrations of 2020, this film is critical to our understanding of the passion and pain behind the words Black Lives Matter.
–Daeja Sutherland, TIFF Next Wave Committee
Content advisories: references to and depictions of racialized and police violence, coarse language, mature themes
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