RUNNING WITH MY GIRLS follows five diverse female activists who run for municipal office in Denver (one of the U.S.’s fastest gentrifying cities) because they are tired of watching their local government ignore their communities’ interests. However, these women quickly realize that in politics, large sums of money can convince voters to overlook scandals, empty promises, and even shallow relationships within their community. With only a fraction of the funds of their incumbent opponents, these women tirelessly knock on doors, make calls, and rely on each other to power their grassroots campaigns.
Using an intimate and unfiltered style to tell each candidate’s story, self-taught filmmaker Rebekah Henderson honestly portrays the challenges faced by political outsiders, particularly women of color, while also revealing their tenacious commitment to justice and democracy. Ultimately, RUNNING WITH MY GIRLS is a lesson about an engaged community outrunning the deep pockets of the political establishment and demonstrating that building a new kind of political power is not just aspirational but possible. Henderson strongly encourages young women interested in democracy and community activism to check out the film and get inspired.
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