RESISTERHOOD is an award-winning documentary about this turbulent time in American politics and the people who rose to meet it.
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To use the power of film to tell uplifting stories of resistance to reenergize the movement and inspire people to VOTE!
In the 4+ years since the 2016 elections, Americans have resisted and persisted.
We flooded the streets and packed the airports. We spoke up at town halls and sat down in Congressional offices. We stood for human rights and for each other. We raised our voices and we voted. Through it all, RESISTERHOOD was there.
This powerful documentary captures the stories of everyday Americans who became grassroots activists working tirelessly to defend our democracy and stop the erosion of our civil rights during the Trump administration. RESISTERHOOD showcases the wave that brought us the most ethnically, racially and gender diverse Congress in history. It shares stories of hope that will re-energize the movement and inspire even more people to join the fight to secure a bright future for our county.
RESISTERHOOD will weather the test of time as a vivid picture of this unusual period in American politics and stand as a testament to the strength of ordinary Americans during this extraordinary time.
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Joanna, nicknamed the "Rainbow Warrior", is a soccer player with the Washington Spirit who uses the platform of professional sports to champion the rights of the LGBTQ community. We join her as she marches with Athlete Ally, a group of professional and Olympic athletes. We chant with her as she officially starts the second Women's March from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. And we bask in Joanna's unbridled optimism and unapologetic joy as she inspires everyone she meets.
Mimi is a popular political activist, Egyptian immigrant, and grandmother of 15. She was asked to run for county office in the 2018 Midterm elections. We follow her journey through campaigning and elections and watch as she tries to ride the wave of women being elected to office with the hope changing the face of politics in this country.
DR. JEAN GEARON
Although she is the great-granddaughter of one of the original American Suffragists, Jean's transformation into a political activist didn’t begin until the day after the 2016 election. Calling on her friends, Jean turned her small book club into the 400 member Women’s Alliance for Democracy and Justice. We watch this determined group of budding activists get involved in local and state politics as well as the fight to ratify the ERA - the same battle Jean's great-grandmother fought more than a hundred years ago.
LUIS AND SORAIDA GUTIERREZ
This couple is no stranger to protests in their fight for immigrant rights. A longtime Congressman from Chicago, Luis led the charge to boycott the 2017 Inauguration, but it was his wife, Soraida, who inspired their participation in the first Women’s March. We follow Luis & Soraida as they fight for the rights of Dreamers and bring attention to the plight of families separated at the border. As Luis ends his time in Congress, we watch as his daughter, Jessica steps into the political realm.
Margaret first marched from Selma to Montgomery alongside John Lewis and Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965. Now, at 82 years young, Margaret has no plans of slowing down. We follow her as she makes her voice heard at a variety of protests, beginning with the Women’s March where she proudly wears her “Black Lives Matter” button and a pink pussy hat. Through Margaret’s eyes, we see decades of political activism and a determination to educate future generations about the need to stand against injustice.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT RESISTERHOOD
“Director Cheryl Jacobs “CJ” Crim has a reputation as a provocative independent filmmaker, and does not disappoint with this raw and well-researched piece. The mixture of live campaigning and marching footage, alongside private interviews, is incredibly emotive and presents a full picture of the current political state of America.”
— Bella Bevan, Battle Royale with Cheese
Cheryl Jacobs Crim is an independent filmmaker who has been telling provocative stories for television and film for three decades. She has produced, directed and edited numerous television specials and documentaries and has won dozens of regional, national and international awards including two Silver Telly’s, a Gold Medal from the NY Film Festival and “Best of Show" from the Houston International Film Festival. She also has received 12 Regional Emmy's for Outstanding Specials and Documentaries including two for Individual Achievement in Directing and Editing.