American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

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Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American woman whose vision of revolution will surprise you. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future.


Grace Lee looks away from the camera. She wears a coat and a scarf, and she has medium-length dark hair. Portrait in black and white.Grace Lee’s most recent feature film, set during the 2012 presidential campaign, Janeane from Des Moines, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  Prior to that, she wrote and directed American Zombie and The Grace Lee Project.  Grace received her MFA from UCLA Film School and is the recipient of the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Digital Media, a Rockefeller Media Arts grant, and funding from the CAAM and the Ford Foundation. She is currently producing and directing two documentaries for PBS.


American Revolutionary had its world premiere in June 2013 at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. During its subsequent festival run including AFI Docs and DocNYC, the film has garnered a total of 6 Audience Awards as well as Best Documentary Feature from Woodstock Film Festival, and was broadcast as part of the award-winning POV series on PBS in 2014.