- Faction Film
- 1 hour 18 minutes
- 7 languages + Show
- Limited + Show
Subtitles are available for these languages:
- Spanish (Spain)
This title is unavailable in these regions:
- United States
Two Raging Grannies is a touching and thought-provoking documentary that challenges the idea that we must continue to shop, consume, amass, and keep the economy growing. Armed with courage, humor, a long friendship and a zest for life, Shirley and Hinda take to cities and towns across the US to engage everyone from the recently homeless to university students to growth economists and Wall Street tycoons, questioning the sustainability of continued economic growth, and demonstrating that it is never – ever – too late to get out and make a difference.
Shirley (91) and Hinda (84) grew up during the great depression. They are, and have always been, engaged in social and political issues. In fact Shirley has been in jail around 20 times for her activism. The current financial crisis, the global warming and their worry about the grandchildren's future have made them question the common worldview that we need perpetual economic growth. This is the starting point for a journey coast to coast where they're looking for new answers. Attending a lecture at the University of Washington, their straightforward questions get them kicked out by the professor. Seeking advice from a financial advisor, they learn that "only a meteor could stop economic growth", and sneaking into a Wall Street charity dinner and grabbing the microphone, they end up being abused by a security guard.
Hinda says she wants to see her birthplace New York one last time before she dies and for Shirley it's important to make this last trip together with her best friend. Their personal mission binds them together, but traveling in their old age also brings out new challenges. Sometimes they bicker like an old married couple and their intimate relationship is at times tense, but always filled with humor and love. This is a ﬁlm searching for new answers, but also a film about friendship, coming of age, illness and fear of death. Love from the family gives the ladies strength when they are close to giving up. They won’t ﬁnd a clear solution and simple responses, but looking for an answer is keeping them very much alive.