Directed by Christina D. King, Elizabeth A. Castle (USA 2018 65min)
Through a circular indigenous style of storytelling, Warrior Women relates the lifelong struggle of a Lakota mother and daughter in the American Indian Movement’s fight for Native liberation from the 1970s to protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, ND in 2016. The women of the American Indian Movement fight from a vulnerable place only matriarchs can understand. For them, the Movement is a battle for their children and the culture they hope to preserve for them. Through contemporary interviews, rare archival materials, exclusive verité, and video art, we will experience Madonna Thunder Hawk’s dedication to Red Power - a commitment that often left her daughter Marcy feeling more like her mother’s ‘comrade’ than her child. Through them, we will come to know the emergence of Native ecological sovereignty as two of the Movement’s most determined, and overlooked organizers lived it. In Warrior Women, we come to understand, through the deeply personal story of Madonna and Marcy, that activism is not just a news story, a protest or a march; it is woven in the fabric of the lives we lead.
Director Shayla Racquel (USA 2019 19:11)
A former Civil Rights activist fears for the safety of her granddaughter who is determined to follow in her footsteps.
Respect and Love
Director Angelique Webster (USA 2018 15:02)
It has been said that Gloria was the first African-American woman to sue the Catholic Church. RESPECT and Love is a short experimental documentary, in which the film-maker sits down with her mother 30 years later to gain insight on how those experiences have shaped her mother’s life.
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