Reel Women in Film: We Are the Radical Monarchs

Texas Spirit Theater | NR | 95 min. | Documentary

November 2, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about the documentary film We Are the Radical Monarchs.

We Are the Radical Monarchs documents an Oakland-based alternative to the Girl Scouts - specifically for girls of color, ages 8-13. The girls earn badges for units on social justice. Filmed over three years, the filmmakers follow the dynamic co-founders as they face challenges in growing the organization.

Event Details

Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton and her team follow the unexpected rise of the Radical Monarchs. Co-founders Anayvette Martinez and Marilyn Hollinquest created a safe, inclusive, empowering space for young women of color.

This screening is part of Reel Women in Film, a film series that highlights the filmic works of women in front of or behind the camera. In its second season, focus will be on ideas of empowerment seen through the lens of fashion and activism. Additionally, we will look at those within the field of filmmaking that are in the periphery, the costume designers. This evening's program is shown in conjunction with our Sister Suffragists exhibition, celebrating the suffrage centennial. The evening's program includes a film screening and video chat Q&A with Director, Linda Goldstein Knowlton. Prior to the feature film screening is Sara Pinar Önder's short film, Al Ghorba. Come early and explore the 2nd floor exhibit, and enjoy complimentary coffee and treats from 6:00pm until 7:00pm. Quantities are limited. Seating for film begins at 6:30 p.m

Please note: Entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX Lobby doors.

Your ticket purchase supports the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and educational programming.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

Film Credits

Rating: NR
Director:  Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Runtime: 95 min.
Genre: Documentary
Release year: 2019

About the Guest Speaker

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.  The film showcases the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs. Goldstein Knowlton directed and produced one of the six, Emmy-nominated documentaries for the PBS MAKERS: Women Who Make America series.  The film, Women and Hollywood, aired in October, 2014 and includes interviews with Jane Fonda, Shonda Rhimes, Lena Dunham, Ava Duvernay, Glenn Close, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Alfre Woodard, Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson, among many other notable women. Prior to that, she produced Code Black, Best Documentary winner at LA Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival, and the basis for the CBS one-hour drama of the same name. Previously she directed and produced Somewhere Between, which won the Sundance Channel Audience Award at the Hot Docs Film Festival, and was released theatrically in over 80 cities across the US. 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. Linda started her career producing feature films, including the award-winning Whale Rider and The Shippung News. 

About the Short Film and Filmmaker

‘Al Ghorba’ means being in another country that’s not your own. It derives from “gharaba” (to leave or depart) and “gharuba” (to become enstraged) - ‘Al Ghorba’ is a snapshot of the journey of a Syrian family who lives in Austin, Texas. When Hayat, Mohammad and their three little sons left their house in Syria for Jordon six years ago, they thought they would go back in a couple of months. Today, they are adjusting to their new life in the United States. 

Sara Pınar Önder is an Austin based filmmaker. Since directing and producing her first documentary called “My Compulsory Service” about a 29 years old pediatrician in SoutheastTurkey, she has written, directed and produced a number of film projects. She is in complete agreement with Chimamanda Adichie, who said: “Stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”

Sara’s latest short film “En Mi Alma” just premiered at the Austin Film Festival. Currently she  is supporting the post-production of “Alakadar” a feature film which she produced in the summer of 2019. Sara is an MFA candidate in Film and Media Production at the University of Texas at Austin.  Prior to UT, Sara worked for the United Nations High Commissioners for Refugees and the United Nations Development Program. She holds a BA in International Relations from Bilkent University and an MSc in Development Studies from Lund University, where her work focused on urban gentrification and renewal projects in Istanbul.

About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

Museum Members enjoy free unlimited IMAX® documentary films, discounts on feature film tickets, free exhibition admission, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. Learn More.

Learn about ticket prices, refund policies, and parking (free after 5 pm). For evening programs, please enter through the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre.