Revolution is the Solution

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 - 6:00pm8:00pm

Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut Street

Revolution is the Solution

A Public Conversation on Art, Activism, and Organizing

Boots Riley

Director, Sorry to Bother You; Poet, Rapper, Producer, Community Organizer


Organized by Penn Social Justice/Global South


The provocative and prolific poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, director, community organizer, and public speaker Boots Riley will talk about his film, Sorry to Bother You (2018), a comedy fantasy sci-fi film that raises issues of race, labor, and social movements. Fervently dedicated to social change, Riley was deeply involved with the Occupy Oakland movement. He was one of the leaders of the activist group The Young Comrades. He is the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club, and he is the author of the critically acclaimed Tell Homeland Security—We Are the Bomb.


Cosponsored by the Departments of History of Art and History, Penn's Cinema & Media Studies Program, Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, Annenberg School for Communication, Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, Wolf Humanities Center, Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, Annenberg Media Activism Research Collective, Provost Campaign for Community, Drexel Women’s and Gender Studies, and Temple Film Media Arts. Sponsored by Evil Twin Booking Agency.

Free and open to the public (seating on a first-come basis).

Free reception starting at 5pm in the Lobby.


In advance of the April 3 conversation, Sorry to Bother You will be screened on Friday, March 22, 4:00 pm at the Institute of Contemporary Art.