Part of SFFILM Festival
We Are the Radical Monarchs
Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton is expected to attend.
The Radical Monarchs are an Oakland-based leadership development troop, specifically for girls of color, that doesn’t award badges for cookie sales but rather for social justice, activism, and “allyship.” Following the two moms, Anyavette Martinez and Marilyn Hollinquest, who founded the troop, and the girls through a season of badges, growing pains, and reactions to the current political climate, We Are the Radical Monarchs shows that with groups like these, the future is indeed female and ready to take action.
This is a free program. Registration required.
Recommended for ages 10 and up. Content advisory: Brief adult language.
“[Anyavette] Martinez and [Marilyn] Hollinquest are mentors you hope every girl will encounter throughout their life. Their goals are simple: to grow the troop and make it their full-time job, and yet there’s little funding to do so. They take their roles so seriously that when auditioning new leaders for a second troop, they make sure the girls themselves are included. What they create is a true sisterhood and hope to send their girls out into the world as smart as they were, but braver to boot.” – Kristen Lopez, Culturess
Linda Goldstein Knowlton started out as a producer whose projects included Whale Rider (2003) and The Shipping News (2001). She made her directing debut with The World According to Sesame Street (2006). Among her other films are Somewhere Between (2011), winner of Best Documentary at Hot Docs; Makers: Women in Hollywood (2014); and Radical Brownies (2017), a short film about the Radical Monarchs.
Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Producer Katie Flint, Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Editor Arielle Amsalem, Katie Flint
Cinematographer Clare Major
Music Gingger Shankar, William Stanbro