44th Denver Film Festival

Running With My Girls (Virtual Screening)

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Tired of watching their communities be ignored and displaced, five female activists decided to run for municipal office in Denver–one of the fastest gentrifying cities in the country. Filmed by their friend, director Rebekah Henderson, each candidate’s story provides an intimate and unfiltered look at the challenges faced by political outsiders, particularly women of color.

Inspired by an early victory, the remaining four candidates made the unusual decision to run as a cohort–with mixed results. The women quickly realize that in politics, money equals viability. And that a lot of money can convince voters to overlook scandals, empty promises and shallow relationships with the community. With a only fraction of the funds of their incumbent opponents, the women tirelessly knock doors, make calls, and rely on each other to power their grassroots campaigns.

After losing one candidate to an embarrassing oversight, a tense election night ends with one loss and two runoff elections. A surprising alliance among former opponents emerges during another sprint toward the runoffs, but in the end only one candidate wins her race. Hiring another member of the cohort as her Chief of Staff, the two women make an unwelcome entrance into city government and prove that while it’s not easy, it is possible to build a new kind of political power.

English subtitles. Closed captions available.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    97 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Rebekah Henderson
  • Producer
    Rebekah Henderson, Kerry Michelle O'Brien, Sara McKellogg Lane