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Feb. 5: Arts Emerson to Screen Ursula Liang’s Documentary “Down a Dark Stairwell”; Q & A to Follow

On Friday, February 5 at 7:30PM EST, Arts Emerson will premiere Ursula Liang’s documentary,  Down A Dark Stairwell.

The screening will be followed at 9:15PM by a live post-film panel discussion featuring Director Ursula Liang and moderator Umass Boston Professor Denise Khor. This conversation will be ASL interpreted and will be recorded and available on demand with the film through Sunday, February 7.

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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.

The film will air on PBS on April 12, 2021. 

Down A Dark Stairwell has received the 2020 Ashland Independent Film Festival-Best Documentary Feature Award and the 2020 Indy Film Fest-Best Documentary Award.

Ursula Liang

Ursula Liang is a journalist who has told stories in a wide range of media. She has worked for The New York Times Op-Docs, T:The New York Times Style Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, Asia Pacific Forum on WBAI, StirTV, the Jax Show, Hyphen magazine and currently freelances as a film and television producer (“Tough Love” (POV), “Wo Ai Ni Mommy” (POV), “UFC Countdown,”“UFC Primetime”) and story consultant. The New York Times described her debut feature “9-Man” as “an absorbing documentary.” The film won numerous awards, including the CAAMFest 2015 Grand Jury prize, and aired on public television’s America ReFramed series. Liang also works for the film publicity company, the 2050 Group, is a founding member of the Filipino American Museum, and sits on the advisory board of the Dynasty Project.  noncompliantfilms.com

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, UMASS Boston supporters include Cinema Studies Program, Asian American Studies Program, American Studies Department, and the Mellon Foundation.

Asian American Documentary Network (A-DOC) and Open Your Eyes & Think MF (OYEATMF) celebrated the record number of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) documentary filmmakers representing 17 features and 6 short films that are recognized as awards contenders through filmmaker conversations.  Below is a Q & A with Ursula Liang & Yu Gu on ‘Down a Dark Stairwell’ and ‘A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem’

Jan. 30-31: A-DOC: Asian American Documentary Network, Open Your Eyes & Think MF (OYEATMF) Highlight AAPI Documentary Awards Contenders Hao Wu, Ramona S. Diaz, Bao Nguyen, Richard Lui, Yung Chang, Ursula Liang, S. Leo Chiang, Diane Quon, Jiayan “Jenny” Shi, Carol Nguyen, Jeff Orlowski, Yi Chen, Elizabeth Lo, Annie Katsura Rollins, Joanna Vasquez Arong and More