american revolutionaryComing to NYC’s Maysles Cinema as part of the Doc Watchers series tomorrow, Thursday, March 6: AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS

Grace Lee’s portrait of a nonagenarian civil rights activist made its debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year, where it won the documentary audience award. It went on to screen at DOC NYC, AFI Docs, Woodstock, Athena, and the San Diego and Seattle Asian fests, among others.

I previously wrote about the film out of AFI Docs for Indiewire, saying:
Grace Lee (no relation) first met her subject while making a previous film about her namesakes, THE GRACE LEE PROJECT, but knew immediately that the Chinese American activist could sustain her own feature. Developed over the course of twelve years, Lee’s engaging portrait of the 97-year-old Detroit-based visionary reveals a rich life devoted to social justice, from civil rights and the Black Power movement to labor and environmental concerns and beyond. Boggs’ story, and the beliefs that have driven her, offer an inspirational and practical approach to affecting change. AFI Docs marks only the film’s second stop on the circuit, having debuted just a week earlier at the Los Angeles Film Festival (picking up an audience award) – with many more fests surely in its future.

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