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Shows girls being taught about social justice; their lessons can be learned by viewers too. Girls are also taught about how to be activists.
Touches on themes of being fair to people of all races, immigration statuses, body types, gender identities, sexual orientations, etc. Also demonstrates kids speaking up for what is right by going to protests and talking to legislators.
Positive Role Models
The two Radical Monarch troop leaders are queer Latinx and Black moms who are assertive and strong leaders. Latinx and Black girls display courage and integrity and are not afraid to speak up for what they believe in.
Violence & Scariness
Upsetting news stories are discussed throughout, and police brutality against Black people is a recurring theme. Animation of police officer pointing a gun at a Black man. Sound clips from news talking about Orlando shooting at gay nightclub. The girls meet a trans person who talks about being afraid to walk in public. Latinx girls talk about fear of having family members being deported.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
During LGBTQ+ unit, teachers are defining sex, gender, and sexual orientation and say that "sex" is about your body parts and "sexual orientation" is about who you love.
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"F--k" is seen written once, briefly. Other brief strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults reference having a drink for a birthday celebration.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that We Are the Radical Monarchs is a documentary about kid activists focusing on social justice in Oakland. Potentially upsetting news stories and current events are discussed throughout, and police brutality against Black people is a recurring theme. There's an animation of a police officer pointing a gun at a Black man. There are sound clips from the news talking about the Orlando gay nightclub shooting. The girls meet a trans person who talks about being afraid to walk in public, and some Latinx girls talk about the fear of having family members being deported. The word "f--k" is seen once, briefly, written down, and there's a bit of additional strong language. While the kids take action and are hopeful about making change, the documentary is frank about the tough realities of life for underrepresented people in the United States. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This documentary is inspiring and thought-provoking for kids and adults alike. Kids, especially girls, will enjoy seeing their peers unafraid to speak up for what they believe in. By watching the Radical Monarchs leaders teach their troop members, grown-ups can see great examples of how to talk about tough issues to kids in an age-appropriate way. The adults and kids featured in We Are the Radical Monarchs are excellent strong female role models, and kids with an interest in activism will be particularly into this documentary.
The parts that focus on the troop leaders' struggles to organize, fund, and expand the Monarchs may seem less relevant to kids, but the film is likely to inspire questions from kids about how they can be activists for causes they believe in, and from adults about how they can raise activist kids engaged in social justice issues. Ideally, parents and kids could watch this documentary together, as there are a lot of difficult subjects that the film explores that might lead to tough but important questions.
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