AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY
AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY
AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY
AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY
The life of Chinese-American civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY

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​HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ★★★ 1/2 - Video Librarian | GEORGE FOSTER PEABODY AWARD | AUDIENCE AWARD - Los Angeles Film Festival

Politics • Philosophy • Civil Rights • Asian American • Race and Ethnicity • African American • Women's Studies

Date of Completion: 2013 | Run Time: 82 minutes​​ | Language: English (Spanish Subtitles Available) | Captions: Yes, Available in English & Spanish | Includes: Transcript & Discussion Guide Director: Grace Lee | Producers: Grace Lee, Caroline Libresco & Austin Wilkin

What does it mean to be an AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY today? Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese American woman in Detroit, who died in October 2015 at 100 years old, has a surprising vision of revolution. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompassed the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future. This Peabody Award-winning documentary plunges us into Boggs’ lifelong practice of igniting community dialogue and action, work that traverses the major U.S. social movements of the last century: from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond.

Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Danny Glover, Boggs’s husband James Boggs, 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 Jr., 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 in order to transform the world. More than ten years in the making, this interdisciplinary film has broad educational appeal.

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Grace Lee won a Peabody Award for her documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs about the life of civil rights activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs which won six festival audience awards before its national broadcast on the PBS series POV. Grace is a nationally sought out speaker and guest lecturer on the Asian American experience, women and politics, and documentary film. She is a recipient of the Chicken and Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award, the Women at Sundance fellowship, and is also a member of the Directors Guild of America. She has presented her work at universities around the world—at the Smithsonian Institute, the Toronto, Berlin and SXSW Film Festivals, the PEN/Faulkner Center, American Film Showcase, and at the Sundance/ CNEX Documentary Story Edit Lab in Beijing. Other credits include The Grace Lee Project, a documentary on Asian American identity and stereotypes, the Emmy-nominated MAKERS: Women In Politics and Off the Menu: Asian America for PBS. She recently completed an interactive documentary K-TOWN’92 and is developing a film about Los Angeles’ Koreatown.