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American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Directed by Grace Lee

Documentaries / USA / 2013 / Documentary / 87 mins / Seattle Premiere

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Ark Lodge Cinemas Screen 1
February 8, 2014 5:30 pm


A documentary about Detroit philosopher/activist Grace Lee Boggs, 98, whose life and work has encompassed the major U.S. social movements of the past century: radical labor, civil rights, Black Power, feminism, Asian American, environmental justice, and beyond. More than just a biography, the film will explore how this daughter of Chinese immigrants born in 1915 could evolve both as a revolutionary philosopher and a movement activist during a century rife with social and political upheaval.

Post screening panelists:

Moderator: Su-Ching Wang, Ph.D, Candidate, Department of English, University of Washington.

Mike Tagawa is one of three Japanese Americans to have joined the Black Panther Party.  Like Richard Aoki, the national Black Panther Party co-founder, Tagawa was born in an internment camp (Minidoka, 1944).  After the war, Tagawa’s family lived in public housing projects in Renton Highlands and Seattle’s Rainier Valley neighborhood before moving to Seattle’s Central District.  After graduating from Garfield High School, he joined the U.S. Air Force, eventually serving as a medic in the Travis Air Force Base Psych Ward.  While stationed at Travis in 1965 and 1966, Tagawa regularly visited U.C. Berkeley and joined the anti-war movement. He returned to Seattle in 1966, stayed active in the anti-war movement, and, with the encouragement of an old classmate and BPP Minister, Bobby White, joined the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968.


Jill Mangaliman is a queer Fil-Am, jack of all trades community organizer from Seattle, focused on issues of racial, genera, and environmental justice. Jill prefers gender neutral pronouns. Their parents left the Philippines in the 1970s due to unjust economic conditions only to struggle just as hard in the US. Thanks to Federal Pell Grants, Jill graduated from the UW as a student of Human Geography. For 6 years they organized in local and national campaigns involving health care equity, immigrant rights and protecting social services. In 2009 they joined Got Green, finding a place that allowed them to step into leadership for the first time – going from volunteer to founding board member. They were also instrumental in the formation and strategy of the Food Access Team. Jill is a proud member of Pinay sa Seattle and the Social Justice Fund, and writes for the Seattle Globalist.


Co-Presented by: Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, University of Washington and University of Washington Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA).

Director's Bio

Grace Lee’s most recent feature film, set during the 2012 presidential campaign, JANEANE FROM DES MOINES, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to that, she wrote and directed AMERICAN ZOMBIE, which premiered at Slamdance and SXSW before being released by Cinema Libre. She also produced and directed THE GRACE LEE PROJECT, a feature documentary that was broadcast on Sundance Channel and is distributed by Women Make Movies. She is currently producing and directing a documentary for PBS about Asian American food culture and is developing other fiction and non-fiction projects.

Dates & Times


Ark Lodge Cinemas Screen 1
February 8, 2014 5:30 pm