This Poignant Short Film Reminds Us Of The Intergenerational Spirit Of Resistance

Keep showing up.

The day after President Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony, millions showed up in major cities across the country (and the world) for the Women's March. It was estimated to be the largest protest ever seen in America; photos of the enormous turnout were shared on social media, buoying spirits that the election so had shockingly demoralized.

Organizers and participants made it clear before Jan. 21 that they did not intend for it to be the first and last show of resistance towards the Trump administration. After the march, activists and women-focused publications published lists of next steps. The slew of protests against Trump's policies continue with no end in sight. But the resistance first takes root in spirit, and social media has become a tool with which to express solidarity and share inspiration.  

In keeping up with the #WhyIResist movement that many used in opposition to Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination as Attorney General, the Women's March campaign recently shared a short film on social media to "inspire you to keep showing up." The video features the story of a young girl and her aging grandmother, who whips out her protest kit, complete with megaphone, protest flyers, and an appropriately worn-in military-esque jacket. 

But the woman's age has caught up with her, and the young girl takes over both her outfit and spirit of protest. The video ends with her waiting at a bus stop as she exchanges smiles with another girl, also heading to a demonstration. 

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The short film is a touching ode to the powerful intergenerational spirit of resistance, but it also — intentionally or not — points to society's failure to progress beyond honoring basic human rights. The "Keep Abortion Legal" pin on the woman's jacket, for one, was as fitting four decades ago as it is today. Many hot-button issues today would not seem out of place in the decades past; police brutality, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, the scourge of white supremacy — these are problems that have either persisted underneath the current of change, or are seeing a resurgence of late.

But as stubbornly present as these issues appear to be, the short film is an encapsulation of the tenacity of resistance that has always been primed for the challenge. 

A Plus has reached out to the Women's March for comment.

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