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AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS

Credits

Kim Roberts
Jerry A. Henry & Quyen Tran
Syd Garon
Taku Hazeyama
Benjamin Lindemuth-McRobie
Casey Ryder
Laura Shapiro
Vincent Tsu
Peter Horner
Vivek Maddala
Grace Lee, Austin Wilkin, Caroline Libresco, Joan Huang & Eurie Chung

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Awards & Festivals

Best of the Fest AFI DOCS
Best Documentary Feature - Woodstock Film Festival
Best Feature - Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival
Audience Awards - Seattle Asian Film Festival

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A plunge into Boggs’s lifetime of thinking and action regarding labor, civil rights, Black Power, feminism, the Asian American, environmentalism, and more.

Synopsis

Boggs’s constantly evolving strategy—her willingness to re-evaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting around her—drives the story forward. Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Danny Glover, Boggs’s late husband James and a host of Detroit comrades across three generations help shape this uniquely American story. As she wrestles with a Detroit in ongoing transition, contradictions of violence and non-violence, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, the 1967 rebellions, and non-linear notions of time and history, Boggs emerges with an approach that is radical in its simplicity and clarity: revolution is not an act of aggression or merely a protest. Revolution, Boggs says, is about something deeper within the human experience — the ability to transform oneself to transform the world.

As it kinetically unfurls an evolving life, city, and philosophy, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY takes the viewer on a journey into the power of ideas and the necessity of expansive, imaginative thinking, as well as ongoing dialectical conversation, to propel societal change.

12 years in the making, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY incorporates a rich archival trove from the 1920s to the present and visual effects to reinforce Boggs’s statement that history “is the story of the past as well as the future.” Animated graphics bring Boggs’s whirring mind to life, illustrating her view that ideas are not fixed, but that once they become fixed, they are dead.

In an age when seemingly insurmountable injustices and contradictions face us, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY inspires concerned citizens and dreamers of all ages with new thinking to sustain their struggle and engagement.

 

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