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(Ashley O’Shay, 2020)

Featuring a conversation with the filmmaker and Rooney Elmi

Stream | Columbus Premiere

A woman shouts passionately into a megaphone while a man behind her holds up a sign supporting the end of police violence.

Told through the lens of fierce young abolitionist leaders Janaé Bonsu and Bella BAHHS, Unapologetic offers a deep look into the Movement for Black Lives.

After two Black Chicagoans are killed, millennial organizers Janaé and Bella challenge the city’s administration, which is complicit in state violence against its Black residents. The film, O’Shay’s debut feature, follows their efforts as well as the national Movement for Black Lives as it responds to a variety of crises in Chicago—from the police murder of Rekia Boyd to the election of Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Five years in the making, the documentary urgently conveys the centrality of Black queer and feminist communities in the social justice movement. (86 mins., digital video)

This presentation includes a conversation between Ashley O’Shey and Rooney Elmi, a cofounder of NO EVIL EYE and editor of SVLLY(WOOD) magazine. NO EVIL EYE’s film program SEQUENCE 01 is playing in our community lounge and microcinema Free Space October 12–November 8.

View the complete Unorthodocs 2020 lineup.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. If you have questions about accessibility or require an accommodation such as captioning or ASL interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Accessibility Manager Helyn Marshall at or via telephone at (614) 688-3890. Requests made by two weeks in advance will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the Wexner Center for the Arts will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

A woman shouts passionately into a megaphone while a man behind her holds up a sign supporting the end of police violence.

Image courtesy of Kartemquin Films

Two people participate in a protest.

Image courtesy of Kartemquin Films

Organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts and curated by Associate Curator of Film/Video Chris Stults.

Greater Columbus Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
L Brands Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Huntington Bank
Nationwide Foundation

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Kaufman Development
Cardinal Health Foundation


Past Film/Video