Documentary - American Revolutionary (2013)
What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today? Grace Lee Boggs is a ninety-eight year-old Chinese American woman in Detroit, Michigan whose vision of revolution will surprise you. A writer, activist and philosopher, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution. The film plunges us into Boggs’ lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Boggs’s willingness to reevaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting around her drives the story forward. Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Danny Glover and a host of Detroit comrades across three generations help shape this uniquely American story. Revolution, Boggs says, is about something deeper within the human experience—the ability to transform oneself in order to transform the world.