Freedia Got a Gun makes its world premiere virtually at the AFI Docs Film Festival on Saturday, June 20, streaming for 24 hours at 12:01AM.
Devastated after learning her brother Adam was murdered, New Orleans bounce legend Big Freedia uses her platform to raise awareness about the complexities of gun violence, a nationwide epidemic that continues to disproportionately harm Black communities. As Freedia shares her personal journey from growing up gay in the projects through Hurricane Katrina and chasing her musical dreams, she delves deep into the first-hand experiences she and the community have had with gun violence, seeking to uncover the causes behind it.
She is not alone in her quest to make the streets of New Orleans safer for the next generation: mothers, teachers, students and others personally affected reveal the collective trauma left in the wake of this violence. Her brother’s murder still unsolved, Freedia leads us through a courageous and necessary dialogue about the origins of this American epidemic.
Following the film, watch a recorded discussion led by journalist Tre’vell Anderson with director Chris McKim and subjects Big Freedia and Dr. Ashonta Wyatt.
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