Honolulu African American Film Festival 2021

Unapologetic

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Stay tuned for a special conversation with the film’s director Ashley O’Shay and a panel discussion with local community organizers Kylah Hughley and Keisa Liu. Moderated by Dr. Akiemi Glenn, HAAFF Committee Member.


Ashley O’Shay (Director/Producer) is a DP and documentarian based in Chicago, IL, whose work focuses on illuminating marginalized voices. 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.


Kylah Hughley grew up in Honolulu, Hawai‘i and is now in her third year at Howard University studying psychology and community development. At Howard, Kylah is a member of the Howard University Student Association, Howard University Mock Trial team and Undergraduate Assistantship Program. She has worked with several DC- based nonprofits including Voice for a Second Chance, Urban Alliance and Housing Up. She currently serves as an ambassador for a civic engagement group, Black Girls Who Have a lot to Say. She is a co-founder of Our Space, a youth-led initiative of the Pōpolo Project. 


Keisa Liu is a grassroots community organizer on Maui. She has a BA in Liberal Studies with a focus on Diversity, Citizenship & Social Justice. Keisa worked in various non-profits, with her last position as the Assistant Director for Annual Giving at Seattle University before moving back to Maui in 2016. As a mother of a young son, the last words of George Floyd were the catalyst she needed to protect her community. Keisa has led demonstrations, held conversations, written letters, and created safe spaces for her community to express love, sadness, and most importantly, joy. 


Dr. Akiemi Glenn is a Honolulu-based scholar and culture worker. Akiemi's primary interests are in how Indigenous peoples, refugees, captives, migrants, and other diasporic peoples in the Pacific and the Americas use language to construct, navigate, and politicize their identities. Akiemi is the founder and executive director of the Pōpolo Project, a multimedia exploration of Blackness in Hawai‘i and the larger Pacific. She is also the co-founder and principal at Hawaiʻi Strategy Lab, a mixed-methods research project that brings together data and culture in the service of social justice. 

  • Runtime
    73 minutes