Heather Booth: Changing the World

Heather Booth may not be a household name, but this brief documentary makes a cogent case for why she should be. Using on-camera interviews, archival footage, and photographs—the latter often spruced up with graphics and animation—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. Booth cut her teeth organizing anti-Vietnam war and civil rights protests as a student at University of Chicago and later founded the Jane Collective, an underground network that helped more than 10,000 women find abortion providers prior to Roe v. Wade. Interviewees include Julian Bond, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Booth herself, whose voice-over provides an audio diary of her current activism for causes ranging from immigration reform to financial reform to prisoner rights.