“Granny Power” free documentary film showing about the Raging Grannies

    January 29, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Ward 6 Council office
    3202 E 1st St
    Tucson, AZ 85716
    Raging Grannies, courtesy of Granny Power website

    “With disarming smiles, biting lyrics, flowery hats, and a gift for inventive, off-the-wall protest, they challenge authorities and stereotypes alike. Their movement, started in Canada 28 years ago, has become international. They are deflating clichés about aging and proving that life can be lived to its fullest, in a meaningful way, to the end. They show up, invited or not, at demonstrations, rallies and political events. They are the Raging Grannies, and they fight for peace, social justice and the environment.”

    Film info: http://www.grannypowerthefilm.com/

    GRANNY POWER is a documentary about a very original activist movement – the Raging Grannies. Spanning 10 years, the film follows several passionate, activist grandmothers and their “gaggles” as they fight for peace, social justice and the environment.

    From Occupy Wall Street sites in Canada and the U.S., to demonstrations against nuclear arms, the Montebello G-20, arms fairs and protests at military recruitment centres, the film follows several Grannies – Muriel Duckworth, Alma Norman, Molly Klopot and Connie Graves among them – as they undertake surprising political guerrilla actions, challenging authorities and stereotypes alike.

    The film spans the present and the past of the Raging Grannies movement: from its beginnings 25 years ago in Victoria, B.C., to its present as an international movement. The film is also a window on important issues that concern us all: our role as citizens as we grow older, the challenges of aging, the inevitability of death. Remaining active and finding a voice as elderly women, these grannies are deflating clichés about aging and proving that life can be lived to its fullest, in every way, to the end.

    Director Magnus Isacsson first encountered the Grannies while shooting scenes for films about major political, social and environmental issues. Most of our footage was shot in classical vérité style, by one of Canada’s best documentary cinematographers, Martin Duckworth.

    This is a documentary about an important, growing and radically under-represented segment of the population. As citizens become more passionate about expressing political dissatisfaction with the status quo the Raging Grannies are proving to be an inspiration and a symbol of proud civic engagement for audiences of all ages.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. In memory of the late Tucson Raging Granny Connie Graves, 8 of the grannies stood up & sang “Let There Be Peace” and read a eulogy in her memory. Her son and grandson were present today. Documentary started with chronicling the 2006 NY Granny brigade rally at which 18 were arrested for “disorderly conduct”. Interviews of Grannies said they wanted to “channel rage to change the world”. Founded by 8 women in Victoria B.C. in Feb. 1987, as “raging grannies” not ranting ones. Muriel Duckworth one of the founders lived to 100, and knew tragedy of war having lost a brother in WWII. Tucson Raging Grannies shown at military recruitment offices in Tucson (Speedway Blvd). protesting the war, also at Senator John McCain’s office in 2005. They were also shown downtown near the main library. Shown in the film were mostly Canadian grannies opposing Bush’s war, corporate power & greed, military industrial complex. These are all strong, determined women whose belief in peace encourages them to sing protest songs. They also strongly believe in free speech, freedom to assemble, and want to be “instruments of peace.” See them on Feb. 25 at the Peace Rally at Armory Park. (The NY 18 were acquitted).

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