"Down a Dark Stairwell" Screening and Town Hall

  • Thu, April 08, 2021
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Please join a Town Hall featuring selections from the documentary film Down a Dark Stairwell just days before the national PBS premiere on Independent Lens. The film examines the 2014 killing of an innocent, unarmed Black man named Akai Gurley by Peter Liang, a Chinese American police officer and how the shooting thrust two marginalized communities into the uneven criminal justice system together. 

In a time of escalating violence against Asian Americans, our hope is to raise consciousness, forge partnerships and engage people across the country in civic dialogue. The roundtable conversation among national community leaders will explore the themes of the film and the broader cultural and historical context of today's tragic headlines.

The roundtable will be moderated by celebrated author Jeff Chang and will feature panelists Cynthia Choi (Co-Executive Director of Chinese for Affirmative Action), Robeson Taj Frazier (Associate Professor of Communication, USC Annenberg), Hua Hsu (Staff Writer, The New Yorker and Associate Professor of English, Vassar College), Bo Thao-Urabe (Executive Director, Coalition of Asian American Leaders), and Down a Dark Stairwell filmmaker Ursula Liang.

A link to this free event will be emailed to those who RSVP

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Screening Partners:

The Center for Asian American Media

Georgia Public Broadcasting


Twin Cities PBS

WORLD Channel

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