MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 24, 2020: WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS

Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton may have started filming We Are the Radical Monarchs in 2015, but this compelling documentary about a scouting troop specifically and intentionally centered on girls of color couldn’t feel any more timely than it does in mid-2020, with social justice and the Black Lives Matter movement (finally) at the forefront of the public consciousness.

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Linda Goldstein Knowlton on WE ARE RADICAL MONARCHS – Betsy Bozdech interviews

Emmy-nominated filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s latest film, We Are the Radical Monarchs, is a documentary that tells the uplifting, fist-pumping story of a new kind of scouting troop for young girls. After a successful tour of film festivals, We Are the Radical Monarchs will reach a wider audience on PBS. The film underlines the importance of inclusion, representation, and activism in today’s world.

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WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Who are the Radical Monarchs you might ask. Think about a progressive scouting troop based in Oakland, Calif., that is dedicated to girls of color aged 8 to 13, one that empowers them to speak out on the wrongs and prejudices that are infecting our nation right now while learning how to stand up for social justice in myriad forms.

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WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS – Review by Loren King

Who wouldn’t want to be part of the Radical Monarchs, a much cooler version of the Girl Scouts with a focus on social justice and empowerment for young Black and Latina girls? Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s winning documentary We Are the Radical Monarchs is a compelling and moving introduction to this grassroots group.

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WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS- review by Liz Whittemore

Changing the world can be a large feat. Maybe teaching small girls to stand up for themselves and others is a great way to start. Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s new documentary We Are The Radical Monarchs explores how representation matters, especially for little girls of color.

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WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS – Review by Leslie Combemale

The first thing that strikes you, and stays with you far after the end of director Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s documentary We Are the Radical Monarchs, is the girls. There’s a 99% likelihood you will develop a fierce love for them. The Radical Monarchs are making a bit of ‘her-story’ and in We Are the Radical Monarchs, it’s a joy watching them as they do it.

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Bentonville FF: Linda Goldstein Knowlton on WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS – Betsy Bozdech interviews

An experienced, Emmy-nominated director and producer Linda Goldstein Knowlton attended the 5th annual Bentonville Film Festival this year for her latest documentary, We Are the Radical Monarchs. The uplifting, fist-pumping story of a new kind of scouting troop for young girls, the film underlines the importance of inclusion, representation, and activism in today’s world.

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