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Critical Acclaim for “American Revolutionary” – Missed It on PBS? Watch It Online Now!

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American Revolutionary

Now streaming: POV’s American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs had its national broadcast premiere on PBS on Monday, June 30, 2014.

Read what critics and journalists have to say about POV’s American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs. Watch it now on POV’s website and mobile apps until July 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) and the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).

“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

“Boggs has had quite a life to reflect on. [This is] the story of the erudite daughter of Chinese immigrants who morphed into a civil rights and black power activist in Detroit.”
Barbranda Walls, AARP Bulletin

“Lively and intelligent. . . . Detroit fixture Grace Lee Boggs doesn’t just explode docile-Asian-female stereotypes. . . . she makes an inspiring case for self-determination and intellectual fortitude regardless of background.”
Justin Chang, Variety

“An entertainingly revealing portrait of a remarkable woman. . . . In an era in which social activism is far too often derided, American Revolutionary represents a deeply moving examination of the power of a single individual to effect change.”
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

“Grace Lee Boggs . . . has spent most of her life fighting for our civil rights.”
Robert Bianco, USA Today

“Of [Boggs'] many extraordinary qualities, perhaps the defining one is her refusal to disengage from the work that still needs to be done. If you’re a quarter of her age you’d be lucky to have a tenth of her commitment.”
Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press

“A documentary on the remarkable life and career of Grace Lee Boggs is way past due. She remains a buoyant believer in grassroots democracy and in the last century has been a part of almost every major movement in the United States.”
Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

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POV Staff
POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.