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American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013)

Grace Lee Boggs is an activist and philosopher in Detroit who has dedicated her life to the next American Revolution and the possibility of a better, more just future for all of humanity. ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Grace Lee Boggs Grace Lee Boggs ... Herself
Danny Glover ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Ayers Bill Ayers ... Himself
James Boggs James Boggs ... Himself (archive footage)
Angela Davis ... Herself
Ossie Davis ... Himself (archive footage)
Ruby Dee ... Herself (archive footage)
Julia Putnam Julia Putnam ... Herself


Grace Lee Boggs is an activist and philosopher in Detroit who has dedicated her life to the next American Revolution and the possibility of a better, more just future for all of humanity. At age 97, she has been building movements and developing strategies for social change for most of her life -- reminding us that revolution is not only possible and necessary, but a process that must always be in motion. Written by Anonymous

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The film became widely publicized in 2014 when its producers submitted it for screening at a Tel Aviv-set event called DocAviv in May 2014. Several of the documentary's participants, including Danny Glover and Ms. Boggs herself, angrily stated that they supported the anti-Israel Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement and demanded the film be pulled from an event taking place in Israel. The producers expressed surprise that the movie playing in Israel would be a problem, and linked on their website to the BDS endorsement, but also stated that they would not pull the film out of DocAviv. It ended up having two screenings at the event without any on-site incidents. See more »

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Watch if you don't know Grace Lee Boggs
7 April 2015 | by db-155See all my reviews

This is a documentary on Grace Lee Boggs, one of the most significant US activists of the 20th century, a Chinese-American who devoted much of her life to the Black Power movement and to the city of Detroit. If you don't know her work and would like some introduction, watch this for sure as she is truly awesome. Unfortunately, the film does not match the commitment and subtlety of her thought, and the framing positions her less within her intellectual and social worlds and more within liberal narratives of violent vs non-violent revolution and whether the Boggs is appropriately engaged with the filmmaker's concerns. The film made me think that if I had done anything worthwhile in my life (I have not) I would be very wary about someone coming to make a doco on me, so perhaps instructive in ways not intended by the filmmaker. There are a bunch of videos online of Boggs telling her own story; hard to imagine anyone genuinely engaged would prefer this instead but perhaps the narrative could engage some people, enough props to the filmmaker for choosing an excellent subject.

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