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American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs #americanrevolutionary

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PBS Premiere: June 30, 2014


Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer, and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted for 75 years in 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. Winner, Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature, 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (90 min.)

Premiere Date: June 30, 2014

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Critical Acclaim

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.

— Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

In trying to find 'revolutionaries' who break the mold, [filmmaker Grace Lee] found an actual one in Grace Lee Boggs.

— Elizabeth Yuan, The Wall Street Journal

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.

— Inkoo Kang, Los Angeles Times

In sharing her subject's life achievements, [Lee] raises meaningful questions and keeps them profitably open.

— Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

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