Madonna Thunder Hawk, unapologetic organizer of the American Indian Movement, has cultivated a ragtag gang of activist children—including her daughter Marcy—into the We Will Remember survival group. Through their story, the film highlights the struggle for native rights and how activists pass their legacies from generation to generation.
Q&A session to follow with director Christina King
Filmmaker Bios: Christina king is a member of the Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma. Her work spans commercials, documentary, film, and television with a focus on human rights issues, civic engagement through storytelling, and democratizing filmmaker opportunities for minority voices. King most recently debuted the narrative feature film, We The Animals, at Sundance 2018 to critical success. King’s other producing credits include This May Be The Last Time (Sundance 2014), as well as the POV documentary, Up Heartbreak Hill. Warrior Women is her directorial debut.
Elizabeth Castle brings almost 20 years of experience as a scholar, activist, and media maker working in collaboration with Native Nations and underrepresented communities. Warrior Women is based on the research done for her book “Women were the Backbone, Men were the Jawbone: Native Women’s Activism in the Red Power Movement.” She worked as a policy associate for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race, and in 2001 she served as a delegate for the Indigenous World Association at the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. Dr. Castle was a professor in the Native Studies Department at the University of South Dakota and is the founder and Executive Director of The Warrior Women Oral History Project. Warrior Women is Castle’s directorial debut.