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Warrior Women (School show)

This screening took place on
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 9:30am
Yukon Arts Centre

In the 1970s, with the swagger of unapologetic Indianness, organizers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) fought for Native liberation as a community of extended families. Warrior Women is the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader who cultivated a rag-tag gang of activist children - including her daughter Marcy - into the "We Will Remember" Survival Group as a Native alternative to government-run boarding schools. Together, Madonna and Marcy fought for Native rights in an environment that made them more comrades than mother-daughter. Today, with Marcy now a mother herself, both women are still at the forefront of Native issues, fighting against the environmental devastation of the Dakota Access Pipeline and for indigenous cultural values. Through their story, the film explores what it means to balance a movement with motherhood and how activist legacies are passed down from generation to generation in the face of a government that has continually met Native resistance with mass violence. This is an inspiring and fierce documentary. Guests film subject, Marcy Gilbert and co-director, Elizabeth Castle, in attendance. Please contact Elyssia Sasaki (elyssia.sasaki@gmail.com) for more information.
  • Directed by Elizabeth Castle, Christina King
  • 2018, USA
  • 64 minutes

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