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Heather Booth: Changing the World
A film by Lilly Rivlin
US, 2016, 62 minutes, Color/BW, DVD
Order No. W17119

Heather Booth is the most influential person you never heard of. The newest film by critically acclaimed filmmaker Lilly Rivlin, HEATHER BOOTH: CHANGING THE WORLD is an urgent response to the recent change in administration. At a time when many are wondering how to make their voices heard, when civil and women's rights are under attack, this empowering documentary is an inspiring look at how social change happens.

Heather Booth, a renowned organizer and activist, began her remarkable career at the height of the Civil Rights movement. Through her life and work this inspiring film explores many of the most pivotal moments in progressive movements that altered our history over the last fifty years: from her involvement with Fannie Lou Hamer and the Freedom Summer Project, to her founding of the JANE Underground in 1964, to her personal relationships with respected leaders such as Julian Bond and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

HEATHER BOOTH: CHANGING THE WORLD blends interviews, from close friends, clients, political colleagues and current Midwest Academy students to explore Heather’s legacy in progressive politics and organizing. Anyone who has been confused or disheartened by the recent election needs to see this film.


  • Seattle Film Festival
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
  • San Diego Jewish Film Festival
  • Sarasota Film Festival
  • Global Peace Film Festival
  • Denver Film Festival
  • Boston Jewish Film Festival
  • DC Labor Fest
  • LA Jewish Film Festival
  • Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival
  • FIWOM – Korean Women’s Film Festival
  • Golden Door International Film Festival
  • Reel Women's Film Festival
  • JAAM Festival

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    "Heather Booth has had a lifetime commitment to social justice organizing which she does superbly. If there is a difficult job to do, call Heather!"
    Julian Bond
    Activist, former Chairman of the NAACP

    "When somebody says to you, You can’t get anything done in Washington, I don’t know why you try’…Just say, Thank you Heather."
    Senator Elizabeth Warren

    "The movie's a call to action…watching and listening will give you much needed courage… There is not an uninteresting minute in all of the 60."
    James van Maanen

    "Booth, 71, is one of the nation’s most influential organizers for progressive causes. Inside almost every liberal drive over the past five decades - for fair pay, equal justice, abortion rights, workers’ rights, voter rights, civil rights, immigration rights, child care - you will find Booth."
    The Huffington Post

    "Using on-camera interviews, archival footage, and photographs—filmmaker Lilly Rivlin shows how the eminent community organizer and activist, now in her 70s, participated in nearly every major progressive movement in America from the mid-60s onward."
    The Chicago Reader

    "Booth is very much a real deal fighter for social justice. Viewers will leave the film even more inspired to work for change."

    "If you've never heard of Heather Booth, you are not alone. But once you see this film, you'll never forget her name."
    Seattle Refined

    "Is exactly the kind of sophisticated and inspiring story we need in these troubling times. Go see this film…a remarkable documentary."
    LA Review of Books

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