Screened as part of NZIFF 2007
Marlo Poras’ stirring documentary introduces 94-year-old Doris ‘Granny D’ Haddock, a political novice who teaches career politicians a few things about democratic responsibility. At 90, she laced up her sneakers and walked across America to rally against the influence of big money in elections – making both friends and enemies inside the Washington Beltway. Four years later, and still fed up with corporate influence in politics, she jumps at the chance to run for the US Senate against the incumbent Republican, Judd Gregg. With just four months until Election Day, Granny D and her motley crew of political aces and amateurs craft a feisty campaign that personifies her democratic ideals of a government of, by and for the people. A tale of doggedness versus dollars and grit against greenbacks, Run Granny Run is an unlikely portrait of a remarkable woman and an exploration of America’s fragile democracy in the corporate age.
“It’s hard not to make a personal favorite out of Run Granny Run... one of the most inspiring true stories of our time.” — Michael Lerman, indieWIRE