Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce, is the subject of our new feature-length documentary, Freedia Got a Gun, which premieres at the 2020 AFI Docs Virtual Film Festival on June 20th. It will be streaming for 24 hours starting June 20th at 12:01AM EST.
Devastated after learning her brother Adam was murdered, 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.
Freedia Got a Gun is directed by Emmy Award winner Chris McKim, produced by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, and McKim, and executive-produced by Charles M. Blow. You can click here to see where you can watch the film.