March 18, 2021March 26, 2021
12:01 AM11:59 PM /
Stream the film across the UK March 18-26. Tickets on sale Feb 18
March 26, 2021
Join us for Closing Night! A live Q&A with filmmaker Ashley O'Shay, film participants Bella BAHHS and Janaé Bonsu & Moderated by writer & Host of C4's "How Not to be Racist" Chanté Joseph. Free worldwide with RSVP
QA Session with the Filmmaker

This is a profound and necessary story ripe for a countrywide, and indeed a world-wide, reckoning with racial injustice. After two Black Chicagoans, Rekia Boyd and Laquan McDonald, are killed by police, the Movement for Black Lives demands justice and organizes to challenge an administration complicit in violence against its residents. Unapologetic introduces Janaé and Bella, two fierce activist leaders whose upbringing and experiences have shaped their view of what liberation could and should look like, as they urge an expansive view of public safety that does not depend on police. 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. 

“If Black, queer, feminist people are not free, nobody else is going to be free.”
- Kush, film participant, Unapologetic

Accessibility: Closed-captioning available in English.

Watch at your own pace anytime between May 19 - 27, or join us and watch-along before the live Q&A

Friday, May 21
7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT – Start film
8:30 PM EDT / 5:30 PM PDT – Join us for a live Q&A. Register here!


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Ashley O'Shay
Country of Production: 
United States
English (Closed-captioning available in English.)
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Ashley O’Shay

Ashley O’Shay (Director/Producer) ​is a 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. Most recently, she filmed the final episode of Dr. Martens' "Tough As You" series, starring the band Phony Ppl, accruing over 65K views on social and web. In 2019, she co-produced the Chicago episode of KQED’s award-winning series “If Cities Could Dance,” which became one of their most viewed episodes to date. Her work also appeared in the critically-acclaimed Lifetime docuseries ​Surviving R. Kelly​. Although she has crafted many short films, ​Unapologetic is her first venture into the feature world. Several experiences have elevated the project’s status in the industry, as Ashley was previously a fellow with Firelight Media, the Bay Area Video Coalition, Film Independent, Kartemquin’s Diverse Voices in Docs, Hedgebrook, Cucalorus Film Festival, and UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program. She is currently an associate with Kartemquin Films.

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