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Gloria Steinem recalls the candidacy of Shirley Chisholm and talks about what Chisholm '72 means to her personally.

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Lynch hopes her film about the first African-American woman to run for president of the United States will be a springboard for discussion about democracy.


Chisholm '72 recounts the exciting presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the first woman and the first African American to run for president.

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Chisholm '72 (75 min.)

Premiere Date: February 7, 2005

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Filmmaker: Shola Lynch Bio | Interview | Statement

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Shola Lynch
Shola Lynch

People like to ask, if Shirley Chisholm ran today would she have an easier time? In terms of the public's perception of her, yes. In terms of actually 'running,' I think she would have a harder time.”

— Shola Lynch, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

Bottom line: Rather than seeming dated, Chisholm's movie and commitment is a refreshing antidote to the opportunism and cynicism that rules the political roost today…an inspiring tale of someone who made a difference...”

&mdash The Hollywood Reporter

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