Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Filmmaker Conversation: Q&A

Down a Dark Stairwell

Thursday, April 08, 2021 11:00 AM - Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:59 PM

PNC Bank

Join us for a pre-recorded Q&A with the director, Ursula Liang and editor, Jason M. Harper. The Q&A will be available starting at 11:00AM on April 8th on both the CIFF virtual cinema platform and the CIFF YouTube page.

Down a Dark Stairwell

Thursday, April 08, 2021 11:00 AM - Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:59 PM

Down a Dark Stairwell

In November 2014, Akai Gurley, an unarmed Black man, was shot and killed by a police officer while walking down a dark stairwell in Brooklyn’s New York City Housing Authority Pink Houses. Peter Liang, a Chinese-American officer, was the person who shot the innocent Gurley, citing an “accidental discharge.” An all-too-familiar case of police violence against Black Americans became something different in the public eye due to Liang’s race. When he was the first cop to be convicted of manslaughter since 2005, some Chinese-American activists cried foul and rallied for Liang, insisting he was a victim of the same racist...

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