Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

We Are the Radical Monarchs


Year: 2019
Country: USA
Run Time: 86 minutes

We Are the Radical Monarchs
We Are the Radical Monarchs
We Are the Radical Monarchs
We Are the Radical Monarchs


Don’t expect to see the Radical Monarchs— a scout troop comprising young girls of color in Oakland, California—selling cookies. These troopers earn their badges by learning about social justice movements, from the Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter, and participating in protest and pride marches. Filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS follows the inaugural troop, led by co-founders Anayvette Martinez and Marilyn Hollinquest, from their first year as scouts through their graduation. As the aspiring activists learn about gender and sexuality, disability, affordable housing, and police brutality, the troop leaders take strides to expand the organization to include a second troop. Fielding requests for new troops from across the country—while also gaining prominent naysayers on Fox News and anonymous trolls on social media—the troop leaders struggle to acquire the funding to keep the organization afloat. But there’s no doubt their mission is worth supporting. You’ll certainly be cheering the Radical Monarch rallying cry by the end of the film. (In English and Spanish with subtitles) — E.B.


Linda Goldstein Knowlton

Katie Flint, Linda Goldstein Knowlton

Clare Major

Arielle Amsalem, Katie Flint

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