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And She Could Be Next – Coming to PBS
 
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"And She Could Be Next," a two-part documentary series, chronicles the story of a defiant movement of women of color who are transforming American politics from the ground up makes its world premiere on PBS and at pov.org Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30 at 9pm (check local listings). 

Filmed from 2018 through 2019, the miniseries follows forward-thinking candidates and organizers across the U.S., asking whether democracy itself can be preserved and made stronger by those most marginalized. The episode centers individuals at the heart of the movement behind the New American Majority, including: Stacey Abrams (Georgia), Bushra Amiwala (Skokie, IL), Maria Elena Durazo (Los Angeles, CA), Veronica Escobar (El Paso, TX), Lucy McBath (Atlanta, GA), Rashida Tlaib (Detroit, MI), and Nse Ufot, Executive Director of the New Georgia Project (Atlanta, GA).

“Episode One: Building The Movement” opens with the reminder that women of color have been the backbone of our communities. An energetic montage of modern American civil rights movements from women’s suffrage to Stonewall, Black Lives Matter to Standing Rock brings us to the 2018 midterm elections where a new generation of women of color is ready to take the lead. The documentary goes behind-the-scenes at local rallies, war rooms, and church basements, where candidates and organizers embark on the campaign trail.

The film also covers the unique challenges they face, from well-resourced incumbents to systemic barriers that disproportionately affect Black, Brown, and immigrant communities. As we get to know these women, we see how they do not live single issue lives, but are each a product of a larger movement one that is coalition-based, intergenerational, and interfaith.

 “Episode Two: Claiming Power” takes us to the weeks leading up to election day and focuses on how organizers combat voter suppression in their own communities. At the heart of the episode is a growing multi-ethnic coalition in Georgia, a state with a rich history of civil rights organizing and poised to be a majority minority state as early as 2025.
"And She Could Be Next," premieres on PBS and at pov.org Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30 at 9pm (check local listings).
In addition to the New Georgia Project, groups like Mijente and Asians for Abrams put boots on the ground to address language barriers, poll purges, and exact match laws that impact thousands of voters across the state. As results roll in, there is celebration for some and disappointment for others, but for these community organizers, the work does not stop when the polls close.

“We are excited to launch “And She Could be Next” during this moment in American politics, where questions of civic engagement, voter suppression, and the future of our representative democracy are coming to a head," said Grace Lee, director/producer of “And She Could Be Next.” “So many audiences, who feel unseen by our system, will see their power reflected in this project. We cannot underestimate the power of being seen,” added director/producer Marjan Safinia.
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