indie director ashley o’shay documents the harrowing, raw stories of three femme chicago activists in new feature length documentary “unapologetic”

October 4, 2016

The activists putting boots to the ground and strategizing for Black liberation are rarely celebrated outside the realm of social media. Their work, however, has real life implications and are creating tangible change in policy and legislation. In Ashley O’Shay’s new documentary “Unapologetic”, she puts faces to three freedom fighters, Page May, Bella Bahhs, and Janaé Bonsu. “Unapologetic” is a feature-length documentary that explores the triumphs and necessary forfeits of these threeyoung Black women organizing for Black liberation in Chicago, IL. The film captures three campaigns over the course of a calendar year: the firing of Dante Servin, the off-duty cop who killed 22-year-old Rekia Boyd; the removal of State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, a local official with a long history of failing to prosecute killer cops; and #SayHerName, an effort to make state violence against Black women and girls more visible. In addition to Janaé, Bella, and Page, the film will focus on community context, including the many voices that make up the activist community and carry it to success. You can support Ashley and the film with funds and shares, this type of work is important and deserves our love and encouragement!

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor