We Are the Radical Monarchs

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USA | 2019 | 96 minutes | Linda Goldstein Knowlton

September 19, 2019

KPMG and SIFF present We Are the Radical Monarchs, winner of the 2019 Golden Space Needle Award for Best Documentary. An Oakland group for young women of color (ages 8-13) is at the front lines of social justice. 

POST-FILM Q&A

Following the film, SIFF and KPMG present a Q&A with director Linda Goldstein Knowlton, moderated by Ruth Johnston (Vulcan Productions). They'll discuss the challenges and joys of creating films with social justice themes and how to change the world through film.

SIFF thanks our partner KPMG for the opportunity to screen this film. 

Showtimes

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Don your brown beret, join the Radical Monarchs for a march on behalf of a social-justice issue, and work to earn your Radical Justice merit badge. Feeling that other leadership-development organizations weren't quite right for their young daughters of color, Anayvette Martinez and Marilyn Hollinquest built their own organization in Oakland. Bridging the first years of the Radical Monarchs, this empowering documentary celebrates the critical world activism being instilled in the young Monarchs and the overwhelming duties and challenges facing the parents who are working to bring such a valuable concept to a place of sustainability without breaking themselves. Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton bisects her film with the 2016 election, watching the young women build strength in knowledge during the Obama years only to have their activism put to the test, taking to the streets and architecting their power through their passionate sense of themselves within the larger struggle. At Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's SXSW Panel, two young Radical Monarchs asked her, "What advice do you have for girls of color who want to break into politics?" "Stop trying to navigate systems of power," AOC replied, "and start building your own power." Martinez and Hollinquest have poured the foundation, and these young women are already constructing the second floor. 

  • Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Producer: Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Katie Flint
  • Cinematographers: Clare Major
  • Editors: Arielle Amsalem, Katie Flint
  • Music: Gingger Shankar
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Makers: Women in Hollywood (Doc., 2014); Somewhere Between (Doc., 2011); The World According to Sesame Street (Doc., 2006)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP