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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.

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Filmmaker Geoffrey Smith interviews filmmaker Grace Lee on the making of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.

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Activists Grace Lee Boggs and Angela Davis discuss re-imagining revolution, social justice and philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Grace Lee Boggs visits the POV offices and discusses the response to American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, the documentary about her life as an activist and philosopher, the responsibility of the media today and the evolution of revolution.

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Grace Lee Boggs discusses the on-going series of conversations she began with her husband James Boggs and fellow veteran activists Freddy and Lyman Paine, during the turmoil of the 1960s.

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Meet Grace Lee Boggs, 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.

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In the 1960s, Grace Lee Boggs split from the Marxist establishment and became active in the Black Power movement in Detroit.

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Grace Lee Boggs talks about white flight and the impact on Detroit race relations.

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"Why is non-violence important, not just a tactic, not just a strategy, but an important philosophy?"

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During Grace Lee Boggs's lifetime, hundreds of revolutions have taken place around the world. In this clip, she considers what defines a revolution.

  • Updated on July 2, 2014

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Until July 30, 2014

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

Premiere Date: June 30, 2014

Streaming Dates: July 1, 2014 – July 30, 2014

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Filmmaker: Grace Lee Bio | Interview | Statement

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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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