Directed by Christina D. King and Elizabeth A. Castle (USA, 2018, 67 min.). Digital.
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, North Dakota, in 2016. The women of the American Indian Movement fight from a vulnerable place only matriarchs can understand.
Through contemporary interviews, rare archival materials, exclusive vérité, and video art, we 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 the eyes of these two Lakota women, we see a female perspective on a crucial chapter in the country’s history, one that sparks questions about what it is to be a warrior and a mother at the same time, what it means to grow up in the shadow of fierce activism, and how activist legacies are passed down from generation to generation. 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 into the fabric of our lives.
Directed by Shayla Racquel (USA, 2018, 19 min.). Digital.
A former Civil Rights activist fears for the safety of her granddaughter, who is determined to follow in her footsteps.
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Respect and Love
Directed by Angelique Webster (USA, 2018, 15 min.). Digital.
It has been said that Gloria, the director’s mother, was the first African American woman to sue the Catholic Church. Respect and Love is a short experimental documentary in which the filmmaker sits down with her mother 30 years later to gain insight on how those experiences have shaped her mother’s life.