“The film is an honest and hopeful testament to the struggles and triumphs faced by bootstrapped visionaries. Moreover, viewers get to see what empowered girlhood - centered in intersectionality, inclusivity and strength - looks like in action.” - Jane Hervey, Forbes
Thursday May 6
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (Seattle time)
WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS Film Director, Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Supriya Baily, Associate Professor George Mason University, Vice President of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
YOUR TURN Protagonist and Student Activist, Marcela Jesus
Camilla Croso, Director of Education Program, Open Society Foundations
• Audience Award / Best Documentary and Films4Families Jury Award - Seattle international Film Festival
What should 8 to 13 year-old girls be learning outside school? Anayvette Martinez and Marilyn Hollinquest, two women of color in Oakland, California, didn’t feel the Girl Scout alternative spoke to their experience. Anayvette wanted another path for her daughter: “I wanted her to have a troupe that centered her identity around a girl of color. It was like, no, you are at the center of this conversation. You know, beyond service learning and volunteering, what does it mean to be radical and actually stand up for something.” They created “The Radical Monarchs”, a girls of color troupe which they led to defy society stereotypes (such as what is “appropriate” to teach young women), create opportunities for empathy with marginalized groups (such as transgender) and empower young girls. Award-winning filmmaker Linda Goldstein follows the first troupe since its beginnings, taking us through three years of the troupe’s development, and demand for rapid expansion. The troupe meets regularly to discuss controversial subjects organized around “social justice thematic modules” (such as disability, the environment, black lives matter), take camping trips and even travel to meet the legislators in Washington, DC, as “the marches they’ve participated in aren’t enough”. This energetic, groundbreaking documentary is unforgettable.
Linda Goldstein Knowlton co-directed and co-produced the feature-length documentary, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET (2006). She produced the fiction film WHALE RIDER (2002), winner of the BAFTA. She also directed the documentary SOMEWHERE BETWEEN (2011), about adoption from China.
You can rent (for free) the films again after your watch window for the rental ends.