WE STILL RISE takes viewers on the 10-week rollercoaster that led to one of the biggest marches in history, all told by the women who made it happen.
After the election of Donald Trump in 2016, a retired lawyer in Hawai'i called for a march on Washington D.C. with a Facebook post.
Overnight, 20,000 likes confirmed she wasn’t alone in feeling that the new President and his conservative politics posed a threat to women everywhere.
Forty-one interviews bring to life the decision-making, personal sacrifices, and dangerous opposition involved in making the 2017 Women’s March a reality.
The event would come to signify a pivotal time in our collective history for social justice. Media footage, and POV march clips demonstrate an inalienable truth: people around the world care about the lives of women, and the rights of all the minorities and marginalised groups intersected by women’s movements.
First came the shock. In 2016, there was an unprecedented shift in the global political landscape. After years of feeling unheard and left behind, conservatives yearned for change, which manifested itself in a lean toward right-wing, ultra-conservative politics not seen for many generations. People feared it would threaten many basic, hard-won human rights.
How could so many people have voted for Donald Trump — a man who incited such division and hatred? What did the election mean for the future of minorities and marginalised groups that Trump’s administration sought to suppress?
Then came the anger. On the heels of the Facebook post calling for the Washington, D.C. protest, seasoned and novice activists alike came together to form global teams, planning the march for inauguration day.
Once strangers to each other, these women quickly became sisters in arms. They navigated logistical challenges, media criticism of female organisers, digital and physical violence from Trump supporters, personal crises, and more. In addition, they still had to work and manage personal responsibilities, all while planning an event whose demands grew by the hour.
The film delivers first-hand accounts of how organisers transcended the odds of budgets, time constraints, and cultural differences. Their efforts formed a true sisterhood that ensured every voice was represented in the march: racial minorities, refugees, the disabled, LGBT+, undocumented, sex workers, and many more.
From the ingenious creativity of Pussy Hats in Portland, to buses full of protesters in Canada; from a lone woman marching in solidarity in Russia, to a never-ending sea of marchers in London; from the narrow streets of remote country towns to the National Mall in Washington, WE STILL RISE is the story of commitment to a cause: equality.
2020 US Election
The world is a different place from what it was on Donald Trump's inauguration. Joe Biden will take office with Kamala Harris as the first woman and POC Vice President. True change for women and allies everywhere has another chance.
100 Years of Women’s Suffrage
This film stands as a reflection of and tribute to women’s rights, and the power for change that comes with them.
Women’s March 2021
The upcoming anniversary march in January 2021 serves as a powerful bookend to a time in American and world politics where so much still hangs in the balance.
WE STILL RISE is a siren call for those who believe in truth to come together and effect change.
Sarah Sophie Flicker
We have the full support of the Women’s March organisers and organisations, including the US National Team, State Leads, and the Global Organisation.
Not only do we speak to the women who made it all happen — the film also features seasoned activists and celebrities who were inspired to lending their voices and influence to the movement. They include Janet Mock, Gina Miller, Camilla Kerslake and Chelsea Handler.
Thanks to the cooperation and outreach of the organisers on our behalf, we have also been able to source footage from marchers themselves. This helps viewers experience the day first-hand.
Activists & Speakers (Selected)
Teresa Shook Hawaiian retired lawyer and grandmother who started the whole movement with a single post on Facebook
Bob Bland Original National Co-Chair of the Women’s March, fashion entrepreneur
Linda Sarsour Original Assistant Treasurer of the Women’s March National, activist
Carmen Perez Original Treasurer of the Women’s March National, activist
Sarah Sophie Flicker Original organiser in Washington, performance artist and activist
Paola Mendoza Original Creative Director for the march, Documentary filmmaker
Emma Collum organised in Washington, stood for Senate seat Florida
Chelsea Handler Comedian and activist
Illma Gore Political artist behind the viral hit painting ‘Make America Great Again’
Camilla Kerslake Performed at the London March, Brit-nominated Classical Singer
Jayna Zweiman & Krista Suh Creators of the Pussyhat Project
Janet Mock Trans rights activist, actress, presenter
Gina Miller Took UK government to court over forcing Parliament to debate Brexit first before action
"The Women’s March feels like a significant moment in history — it marked a time where complacency was replaced by engagement, elevating the issue of social justice to a global conversation. A much-needed awakening, the March forged a new wave of feminism and its impact continues to be felt to this day."
Dagmara’s background in journalism and Australian broadcast radio features a successful radio show in Melbourne, along with production and presentation roles on shows about everything from popular culture to 9/11. She also has experience working in several technology start-ups, including the Skype founders, and currently runs her own production company in London. WE STILL RISE is Dagmara’s first feature documentary; her background in journalism, passion for content production, and belief that everyday women can really make a difference, all came together to create this important film.
Andy Malone, Producer
Andy has produced a wide range of programming from documentary to factual television and worked on projects in the UK, Ireland, Japan, China and the USA. His unique experience includes developing and producing projects for VICE, Channel 4, Channel 5, BBC, Olympic Channel and RTE. He was most recently part of the documentary unit at BBC Studios and prior to that was Head of Development at ScreenDog Productions.
Passion Pictures Films
London-based Passion Pictures is at the forefront of feature documentary production. Since its 1999 win for an Academy Award® in the feature documentary category, the production company has developed a reputation for international theatrical releases, and has premiered its films at the Sundance Film Festival for 14 consecutive years.
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