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American Revolutionary – The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

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Grace Lee 2013

Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer and activist in Detroit with a thick F.B.I. file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted in 75 years of the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times.


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Running Time: 82 min.
Subject(s): History, Human Rights, Politics, Women
Language(s): English
Director(s):
Producer(s): Grace Lee, Caroline Libresco, Austin see all »
Cinematographer: Jerry A. Henry, see all »
Editor(s): Kim Roberts
Production Company: LeeLee Films, Inc.

Press

  • The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs took the black-versus-white dichotomy even one step further and rendered it colorblind through the eyes of its 98-year-old rebel protagonist. The feisty, Chinese-American civil rights pioneer is not only older and wiser – but so wise that she forces the younger Grace Lee to step up her own filmmaking artistry just to keep up with her.
    Filmmaker Magazine
    Lauren Wissot
  • 97-year-old Detroit fixture Grace Lee Boggs doesn’t just explode the docile-Asian-female stereotypes Lee set out to question with her earlier pic; she makes an inspiring case for self-determination and intellectual fortitude regardless of background
    Variety
    Justin Chang
  • One of our best documents of the civil rights era...Grace Lee's documentary is a glorious feat of editing — in content, visually, and of sound. Lee began her work with the superficial idea of interviewing the many other Asian women also named "Grace Lee," but in Boggs she found a formidable force and an agent of one of the most dramatic political movements of our time.
    The Village Voice
    Daphne Howland
  • An entertainingly revealing portrait of a remarkable woman... In an era in which social activism is far too often derided, American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs represents a deeply moving examination of the power of a single individual to effect change.
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Frank Scheck
  • Superb. . . . Cinema is full of unlikely heroes, and yet the real-life activist Grace Lee Boggs is more improbable still: a Chinese American black-power radical armed with a doctorate in philosophy.
    Los Angeles Times
    Inkoo Kang
  • In sharing her subject's life achievements, [Lee] raises meaningful questions and keeps them profitably open.
    The New York Times
    Nicolas Rapold

Festival & Awards

  • Los Angeles Film Festival - 2013
    Audience Award, Best Documentary
  • AFI Docs - 2013
    Best of the Fest
  • Woodstock Film Festival - 2013
    Best Documentary Feature, Audience Award
  • Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival - 2013
    Best Feature
  • Caamfest - 2013
    Audience Award
  • San Diego Asian Film Festival - 2013
    Audience Award
  • Seattle Asian Film Festival - 2013
    Audience Award
  • Wisconsin Film Festival - 2013
    Audience Award
  • Doc NYC - 2013
  • Shanghai International Film Festival - 2013
  • Havana Film Festival - 2013
  • DocWeek Adelaide - 2014
  • Documentary Edge (NZ) - 2014

additional materials

  • Study Guide
  • Press Kit
  • Film Poster
  • American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs by Grace Lee (review) by Jessi Quizar
  • American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs—A Review, by Ronald Bailey, Head, Department of African American Studies, University of Illinois
  • Grace Lee Boggs's List of Influential Books - Public Broadcasting Service
  • Host a Premiere Party - Public Broadcasting Service
  • Background: Waging A Revolution for Over 75 Years - Public Broadcasting Service
  • Lesson Plan - Public Broadcasting Service
  • Discussion Guide - Public Broadcasting Service
  • Reading List - Public Broadcasting Service

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