Warrior Women


Cowell Theatre Sat, Sep 8, 2018 8:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Christina D. King
Elizabeth A. Castle
Year of Production:2018
Premiere Status:California Premiere
Topic:Big Nights
Indigenous People
Women's Environmental Leadership
Youth Empowerment
Running Time:67 min.


Join us for celebration after the Rise for Climate March!

Through the figure of Lakota activist and community organizer Madonna Thunder Hawk, this inspiring film traces the untold story of countless Native American women struggling for their people's civil rights.

Spanning several decades, Christina D. King and Elizabeth A. Castle's documentary charts Thunder Hawk's lifelong commitment, from her early involvement in the American Indian Movement (AIM), to her pivotal role in the founding of Women of All Red Nations, to her heartening presence at Standing Rock alongside thousands protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. She passed her dedication and hunger for change to her daughter Marcy, even if that often meant feeling like comrades-in-arms more than mother and child.

Through rare archival material—including amazing footage of AIM's occupation of Wounded Knee—and an Indigenous style of circular storytelling, Warrior Women rekindles the memories and legacy of the Red Power movement's matriarchs. ~ HotDocs


Expected guests: Director Elizabeth Castle; Director Christina King; Producer Anna Marie Pitman; film’s subjects Marcella Gilbert and Madonna Thunder Hawk.

Community Partners: 350 SF; Sunflower Alliance; Women's Earth Alliance; Women's Environmental Network

Christina KingA member of the Seminole tribe of Oklahoma, Christina King's work spans documentary, commercials, television, and film. Her work focuses primarily on human rights issues, civic engagement through storytelling, and democratizing filmmaker opportunities for minority voices. Warrior Women is her directional debut.

Elizabeth CastleDr. Elizabeth Castle has worked with Native Nations and underrepresented communities as a scholar, activist, and media maker for almost 20 years. 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 also published The Original Gangster: The Life and Times of Red Power Activist Madonna Thunder Hawk.

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Water Warriors (22min) More