American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

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With the proliferation of funding platforms like Kickstarter, I have been hit up countless times to pledge money to a project. Very rarely do I believe these projects warrant my time and money. However, once in a while one does, like Grace Lee’s documentary American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.

According to the filmmakers, Grace Lee Boggs is “an original, American revolutionary — who was a key organizer in the black power movement in 60s. She was/is radical in a way that seemed so out there then, but in 2011 her life reflects so much of progressive movements today — urban, interracial, transnational, anti-capitalist, female, etc. Plus, she’s Asian American — but that hasn’t really been her struggle as she came of age in a time where there was no AA [Asian American] movement!”

The first time I heard about Grace Lee Boggs was when she was interviewed in the Grace Lee Project. I was blown away by her passion for social justice and couldn’t believe I hadn’t known about her earlier. In many ways, she reminds me of Yuri Kochiyama and her work in New York and around the world.

In the hands of the talented Grace Lee (the filmmaker behind the Grace Lee Project and American Zombie) I am sure this film will be not only informative and educational but entertaining and good. This is the type of project that should be in festivals, theaters, schools, and on television around the world!

So help her finish the film by donating some money and spreading the word.

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Author: Koji Steven Sakai

Writer/Producer Koji Steven Sakai is the founder of Little Nalu Pictures LLC and the CEO of CHOPSO (www.CHOPSO.com), the first Asian English streaming video service. He has written five feature films that have been produced, including the indie hit, The People I’ve Slept With. He also produced three feature films, a one hour comedy special currently on Netflix, and Comedy InvAsian, a live and filmed series featuring the nation’s top Asian American comedians. Koji’s debut novel, Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies, was released in paperback in 2015 and in audiobook in 2016 and his graphic novel, 442, was released in 2017. In addition, he is currently an adjunct professor in screenwriting at International Technological University in San Jose.