These women are not your mothers' grandmothers! 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. Their efforts to change the world are simultaneously changing what it means to be an older woman.

"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, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Synopsis: 

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, Jon Stewart's Comedy Central, and are regulars in Bay Area evening news stories. In public, they've been both booed and cheered, but they continue to protest with a sense of outrage, a sense of humor, and a commitment to non-violence. 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.

Reviews

"The women are marvelous... the footage and interviews are just priceless."

Bettina Aptheker, Professor Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz

"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."

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"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, NY

"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 H. Winograd, MD Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and Human Biology, Emerita Stanford University

"Raging Grannies captures the essence of the Grannies' brave crusade not only for future generations, but also for their fellow older women."

 

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