Set in Oakland, California, this film introduces the Radical Monarchs, an alternative to the Scout movement for girls of color, and its founders, two fierce queer women of color, who have inspired a new generation of social justice activists. The film follows the first troop and its co-founders as they respond to a viral explosion of interest in the troop’s mission while the girls complete programs on the environment, disability justice, and Black Lives Matter.
Panel to follow the screening
Following the screening of We Are The Radical Monarchs we will have a conversation about youth education and what it means to talk to children about systemic racism, gender inequality, and LGBTQAI rights and the importance of having their own voice in these movements. This film challenges the popular discourse that these issues are too intense for kids to discuss. How do we take the tactics used in this film and bring them into other education spaces?
Umbreen Bhatti – Constance Hess Williams ’66 Director Athena Center for Leadership
Linda Goldstein Knowlton – Director of “We Are the Radical Monarchs”
Dylan Kapit (they/them) is a special educator with over 10+ years of experience working with kids with a variety of disabilities, including learning disabilities, ADHD, physical disabilities, and autism spectrum disorder. As an openly queer, trans, and non-binary person, Dylan is committed to increasing visibility for LGBTQ+ individuals, both staff and students, in schools.
Teresa C. Younger (President and CEO of the MS.Foundation) is a renowned thought leader, strategist, advocate, activist and amplifier having spent over 20 years on the frontlines of some of the most critical battles affecting the lives of women and their communities.
Sarah Elrafei graduated from Barnard in 2015 with a degree in sociology and education. In her 5 years of teaching, she has worked in both public and independent schools. She now teaches and designs curriculum for middle school social studies and courses on understanding race through music, movies, and books, as well as bi-annual seminars on understanding institutional racism through hip-hop.
Linda Goldstein Knowlton is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, working in documentary and scripted feature films, as well as television. In 2016, she Executive Produced the documentary Dream, Girl, which premiered at The White House. Goldstein Knowlton directed and produced one of the six, Emmy-nominated documentaries for the PBS MAKERS: Women Who Make America series, Women and Hollywood. Prior to that, she produced Code Black, Best Documentary winner at LA Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival. For her directorial debut, she co-directed The World According to Sesame Street, which debuted at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival in competition and aired nationally on PBS.