ArtsEmerson Shared Stories presents
Down a Dark Stairwell
Premiere February 5th at 7:30PM | On-demand through February 7th at 10PM
Director Ursula Liang | 90 MIN
LIVE Post-film conversation Fri 2/5 @9:15PM following the premiere at 7:30PM
When a Chinese-American police officer kills an unarmed Black man in a darkened stairwell of a New York City housing project, it sets off a firestorm of emotion and calls for accountability.
In 2014, Peter Liang became the first NYPD officer convicted of an on duty shooting in over a decade, inciting a complicated fight for justice wherein two subjugated communities were thrust into the uneven criminal justice system together. Down a Dark Stairwell captures both one of the largest Asian-American protests in history and a key event in the emerging Black Lives Matter movement. In this unflinching documentary directed by Ursula Liang, the insidious effects of white supremacy in American society are starkly revealed, persisting even when the participants on both sides of a conflict are people of color.
LIVE POST-FILM CONVERSATION
Following the 2/5 7:30PM premiere, join a live panel discussion with Director Ursula Liang(9-Man), moderated by UMass Boston Professor Denise Khor.
This conversation will be recorded and available on-demand with the film through Sunday, February 7th.
About the Series
SHARED STORIES Film Series is a collaborative effort of Boston Asian American Film Festival, Boston Latino International Film Festival, Roxbury International Film Festival with ArtsEmerson.
UMass Boston is a community partner for this engagement, supporters include UMass Boston Cinema Studies Program, Asian American Studies Program, American Studies Department, and the Mellon Foundation.