[Blackstudies-l] American Revolutionary: Tuesday October 28th in Newton 209 at 6:45

Jun Okada okada at geneseo.edu
Sun Oct 26 20:33:45 EDT 2014


​​Screening of Award Winning Documentary

*American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs *

*This Tuesday October 28th in Newton 209 at 6:45* *p.m.*

What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today? Grace Lee Boggs is
a 98-year-old Chinese American woman in Detroit 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.

The documentary film, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE
BOGGS, plunges us into Boggs’s 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 constantly evolving
strategy—her willingness to re-evaluate 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, Boggs’s late
husband James and a host of Detroit comrades across three generations help
shape this uniquely American story. As she wrestles with a Detroit in
ongoing transition, contradictions of violence and non-violence, Malcolm X
and Martin Luther King, the 1967 rebellions, and non-linear notions of time
and history, Boggs emerges with an approach that is radical in its
simplicity and clarity: revolution is not an act of aggression or merely a
protest. Revolution, Boggs says, is about something deeper within the human
experience — the ability to transform oneself to transform the world.

As it kinetically unfurls an evolving life, city, and philosophy, AMERICAN
REVOLUTIONARY takes the viewer on a journey into the power of ideas and the
necessity of expansive, imaginative thinking, as well as ongoing
dialectical conversation, to propel societal change.

Produced and directed by Grace Lee (JANEANE FROM DES MOINES, THE GRACE LEE
PROJECT), edited by Kim Roberts (FOOD INC, WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, LOST BOYS
OF SUDAN, INEQUALITY FOR ALL), produced by Caroline Libresco (SUNSET STORY)
and Austin Wilkin (BOB AND THE MONSTER), and with a lush score by Vivek
Maddala (KABOOM, HIGHWAY), AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE
LEE BOGGS, has been 12 years in the making. It incorporates a rich archival
trove from the 1920s to the present and visual effects to reinforce Boggs’s
statement that history “is the story of the past as well as the future.”
Animated graphics by Syd Garon and Casey Ryder from Studio Number One bring
Boggs’s whirring mind to life, illustrating her view that ideas are not
fixed, but that once they become fixed, they are dead.

In an age when seemingly insurmountable injustices and contradictions face
us, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY inspires concerned citizens and dreamers of all
ages with new thinking to sustain their struggle and engagement.

-- 
Jun Okada PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of English
SUNY Geneseo
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