Chronicling the life of Heather Booth, a lifelong progressive organizer, the film follows her journey from civil rights activist in the 60s to her founding of the Midwest Academy, a training institute for progressive community organizers. 

Free for One Community, Many Stories participants
Sponsored by Morse Family Foundation
2016/USA/English/61 minutes

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From a politically conscious college student who began her career in 1964 registering voters in Mississippi at the height of the Civil Rights movement, Heather became the go-to strategist for causes ranging from child care to women’s rights to immigration reform and advisor to leaders including Julian Bond and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

The film blends archival and contemporary footage with interviews with close friends, clients, political colleagues, students and others to understand this one person’s legacy in progressive politics. This is a timely film that arms viewers with methods they can employ to preserve our democratic principles.

The goal is for Heather Booth: Changing the World to serve as a tool for community organizing, through education and awareness, and as a guide for mobilizing that inspires activism and ignites change.

Director Lilly Rivlin is an award winning American-Israeli journalist, writer, and independent filmmaker based in New York. She has produced and directed many documentaries about women who are political activists. She has been an activist for peace between Israelis and Palestinians for many decades and is a former president of Meretz USA, now Partners for a Progressive Israel. Lilly was the 2013-14 recipient of the Miller Distinguished Jewish Woman Filmmaker Award.

Reviews:

“She’s the best answer to Donald Trump you’ve never heard of.” – Huffington Post

“Change.  It’s vital to our growth as a nation.  Over the course of the last 50 years, one woman has been an integral part of momentous historical changes, addressing injustices pertaining to women and minority groups.  Her name is Heather Booth. “–FF2 Media

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