If you’re a Boston-based cinephile, this is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times of the year for you, as the Independent Film Festival Boston has returned with one of their strongest line-ups ever. Running from April 24 through May 1 at the Brattle, Somerville and Coolidge Corner Theatres, there’s so many great movies showing at this year’s festival that we’ve had to split our preview up into three parts. We published our first preview on Tuesday, covering the first few days of the festival’s line-up and you should check back soon for the third piece about what’s in store over the next week or so. For now, here are some choice cuts from Saturday and Sunday of the festival’s programming. Tickets and more information are available at the IFFBoston website.
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We Are the Radical Monarchs
Saturday, April 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Brattle Theatre
This SXSW hit documentary follows the formation of the Radical Monarchs, an Oakland-based organization serving young girls of color fashioned after the Girl Scouts, only they won’t be earning merit badges for studying wildlife or learning how to tie knots. No, these young activists get badges for learning how to be a better LGBTQIA ally or working to advance disability justice. The doc follows the troop before and after the 2016 election, and documents the successes and growing pains of creating such an organization. It’s sure to warm the cockles of your bitter heart, and we highly recommend you check it out.