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  • Summary: 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. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jun 19, 2014
    90
    A documentary that's admirably frank about the difficulties of insightfully portraying such a widely lauded — and subtly cagey and habitually self-effacing — figure.
  2. Reviewed by: Daphne Howland
    Mar 18, 2014
    90
    This film is one of our best documents of the civil rights era, but it is also a portrait of someone with a singular perspective, a big mind, and a joyous aptitude for conversation.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Mar 18, 2014
    70
    97-year-old Detroit fixture Grace Lee Boggs doesn’t just explode the docile-Asian-female stereotypes Lee set out to question with her earlier pic; she makes an inspiring case for self-determination and intellectual fortitude regardless of background.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Mar 20, 2014
    70
    Ms. Lee could have delved more deeply into Ms. Boggs’s thoughts, and slips into glib autopilot by using archival footage with sound effects or repeating ideas of personal transformation. But in sharing her subject’s life achievements, she raises meaningful questions and keeps them profitably open.
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  1. Apr 17, 2014
    9
    I saw this film at the Asian Film Festival last fall and was bowled over by the spirit and energy of 98-year old Mrs. Boggs. There seems to be the right combination of film clips, interviews with Mrs. Boggs and others, and shots of her bedraggled adopted city, Detroit. Her hope and determination is truly inspirational. Expand