The Great Granny Revolution
The Great Granny Revolution is an uplifting story about the bonds of friendship between women and the power of individuals to make a difference. The Wakefield Grannies, 12 Canadian women, offer moral and financial support to a group of Gogos (grandmothers), raising AIDS-orphaned grandchildren, in South Africa's Alexandra Township. With his partner Brenda — a founding member of the Wakefield Grannies — filmmaker Robert Rooney documents the group's growth as they inspire their community and others to follow their example. Meanwhile, the simple knowledge that women on the other side of the world care about them brings hope to the Gogos and invigorates their efforts. When both groups attend the Stephen Lewis Foundation's 2006 Grandmother Gathering in Toronto, they find themselves at the heart of an exciting new movement. In Africa the AIDS pandemic continues to rage but where governments have failed to respond grandmothers are now deciding to act. With a huge cohort of educated, career women facing imminent retirement Gloria Steinem's bon mot seems prescient.