Mountain View, CA 94039
The Raging Grannies' efforts to change the world are simultaneously changing what it means to be an older woman.
Raging Grannies is a lively and thought-provoking 30-minute documentary that tells the story of The Action League of the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula.
In ostrich feathers, crazy hats, and boas these women protest all over the Bay Area with a sense of outrage, a sense of humor, and a commitment to non-violence. They are women over 50, some as old as 90, who are enraged by the conditions under which some people are forced to live, by threats to our environment, by war, and by injustice wherever they find it.
In our documentary, each protest event (what the Grannies call a "gig") reveals more and more about these women and what makes them tick. Most of the time we see passionately involved people, sometimes anything but grandmotherly, who just won't let age slow them down.
The Action League Grannies have been spied on by the California National Guard. They've been written about in Time magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Jose Mercury News. They've appeared on Fox News with Bill O'Reilly and are regulars in Bay Area evening news stories. In public, they've been both booed and cheered.
How do these older women keep doing what they do? As we travel with the Grannies to their many gigs, we see that life isn't over at 50 or 60 or even 90.
"This thought-provoking look at the Raging Grannies is funny, inspiring, and surprisingly moving. Viewers can gain valuable insight on the workings of one of the movement's most active chapters, observe a sample of unique Granny protests, and are treated to an incredible series of interviews with individual Grannies. I highly recommend this fascinating documentary for activists and for students at all levels in Sociology, Women's Studies, Community Organizing, and Gerontology."
—Dana Sawchuk, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
"The women are marvelous... the footage and interviews are just priceless."
—Bettina Aptheker, Professor
Feminist Studies, UCSC
"This film was fun to watch and could be used in social studies or political science classes studying protest groups or as a primer on how to get a local group activated. Recommended."
—Educational Media Reviews Online
"These women provide a model for us all about how to age with energy, compassion, and creativity!"
—Margaret W. Matlin, PhD
Distinguished Teaching Professor of Psychology
SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo New York
"This is an uplifting film about older women who make a difference for progressive causes and have fun while doing it. Great character portrayals of great women. They inspire my Stanford students."
—Carol Hutner Winograd MD
Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and Human Biology, Emerita
Raging Grannies played to a sold out house at Cinequest, the San Jose International Film Festival in March 2009.
- National Mature Media Association Merit Award
- Honorable Mention, Big Muddy Film Festival
- Brussels Women's Film Festival
- Free Speech TV, Cable Television
- Truly CA Shorts, KQED, San Francisco
- Frameline33, San Francisco
- Cinequest, San Jose International Film Festival
- Louisville International Festival of Film
- San Francisco and Miami International Women's Film Festivals
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