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Human Rights Watch Film Festival: Unapologetic (12*)

Cinema On Demand

BLM protestors hold up signs and speak into a megaphone

This is a profound and necessary story ripe for a country, and indeed a global reckoning, with racial injustice.

After Black Chicagoans Rekia Boyd and Laquan McDonald are killed at the hands of the police, the Movement for Black Lives demands justice and challenges an administration complicit in violence against its residents.

Unapologetic introduces Janaé and Bella, fierce activist leaders whose experiences have shaped their view of what liberation could and should look like, as they urge for an expansive view of public safety that does not depend on the police.

This film illuminates the love underpinning the frustration that comes with being Black, queer women in the US, and elevates those often leading the way who are denied the spotlight.

Register for free and join a live ScreenTalk via zoom at 8.30pm on Fri 26 Mar w/ director Ashley O’Shay, film participants Bella BAHHSJanaé Bonsu and Chanté Joseph, writer & Host of C4's "How Not to be Racist”.

US 2020 Dir Ashley O’Shay 86min


This film contains strong language, and brief scenes depicting and referring to violence that viewers may find disturbing.

UK Digital Premiere

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‘If Black, queer, feminist people are not free, nobody else is going to be free‘
Kush, Unapologetic
‘The organizers’ activism is not a choice, but an integral and immediate part of their lives. Their creation of a program of safety without policing is illuminating‘
John Raphling, Senior Researcher, US Program, Human Rights Watch

Filmmaker Intro

Filmmaker Introduction: Unapologetic

Director Ashley O’Shay introduces her film Unapologetic for Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2021.

How to watch

Please note this rental is only available within the UK

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