Unbought & Unbossed
Director: Shola Lynch
USA / 2004 / 77 min
Presented as part of “Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z” – Live Screening introduced by the director.
Shirley Chisholm, Bedford-Stuyvesant’s representative in Congress, was both the first woman and the first person of color to seek a major American political party’s nomination for president. The trailblazing Congresswoman’s bid drew ridicule and bigoted rebuke, but she wasn’t one to back down, In Shola Lynch’s debut documentary, Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed, the filmmaker offers a unique reflection of a singular American hero, whose campaign slogan was famously: “Shirley Chisholm: Outrageous!”
“Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z,” launched in our first programming calendar, is an ongoing series initiated as a way to introduce moviegoers to our particular take on cinema history. The intention was to offer our own idiosyncratic alphabet: one title per director, neither canon nor anti-canon, but rather a selection of our favorite films that serve as life-changing revelations or enduring personal passions, and ultimately films for which Metrograph exists to spread the gospel. Currently in its second turn around the alphabet, the series, which was up to titles beginning with the letter “C” at the time of the theater’s closure, will now be presented online.