ArtsEmerson Shared Stories presents
DOWN A DARK STAIRWELL
PREMIERES TONIGHT with VOD through Sunday!
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.
Friday, February 5th @ 9:15 PM EST - 10:15PM EST
Following the 7:30 PM premiere of Down A Dark Stairwell, Director Ursula Liang, documentarian and editor J.M. Harper, Executive Director of Center For Empowered Politics Alex T. Tom, Retired BPS Educator and Boston Community Leader Suzanne Lee, and moderator UMass Boston Professor Denise Khor will join in a live conversation about the film. This conversation will be recorded and available on-demand with the film through Sunday, February 7th.
This event will have ASL interpretation services available