Raging Grannies

30 Minutes |

“Funny, inspiring, and surprisingly moving…”

—Dana Sawchuk, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario

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Ragging Grannies, Gail

Raging Grannies tells the story of The Action League of the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula. Sporting ostrich feathers, crazy hats and boas, these women, aged 50 to 90, express their outrage, sense of humor and commitment to non-violence in protests all over the Bay Area. Each protest event in the film – what the Grannies call a “gig” – reveals more about these women and what makes them tick. They are enraged by injustice wherever they find it, and 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.



»Read the entire review of Raging Grannies in Films for the Feminist Classroom.

“Funny, inspiring, and surprisingly moving. Viewers 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 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

“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, Stanford University
Raging Grannies get standing ovation at the sold-out Cinequest Premiere
Standing ovation for Raging Grannies at the sold-out Cinequest world premiere


Raging Grannies, a film by Pam Walton Productions National Mature Media Association Merit Award
Raging Grannies, a film by Pam Walton Productions, Honorable Mention, Big Muddy Film Festival
RagingGrannies, Official Selection, Women over Fifty Film Festival 2016


  • 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
  • UEN, Utah Education Network
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