The Ohio State University at Newark


Film Screening & Discussion of Warrior Women Documentary

September 17, 2019

In the 1970s, organizers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) fought for Native liberation and survival as a community of extended families. Warrior Women is the story of mothers and daughters fighting for Native rights as members of AIM unveiling not only a female perspective of history, but also an examination of the impact political struggles have on the children who bear witness. The public is invited to a free screening of the film and a discussion with Madonna Thunder Hawk, Marcy Gilbert and Elizabeth Castle, PhD, on Thursday, September 19, at 1 p.m. in the John and Mary Alford Performing Arts Hall located inside the John Gilbert Reese Center.

Warrior Women chronicles the lifelong work of Madonna Thunder Hawk and Marcy Gilbert, a Lakota mother and daughter whose fight for indigenous rights began in the late 1960s. Through their story, viewers will witness the emergence of Native ecological sovereignty as two of the Movement’s most determined and overlooked organizers lived it. Contemporary interviews, rare archival materials and exclusive verité allow viewers to experience Madonna Thunder Hawk’s dedication to Red power – a commitment that often left her daughter Marcy feeling more like her ‘comrade’ than her child. Warrior Women also explores themes of Native identity, legacy, intergenerational trauma and strategies of resistance among Native people.

The John Gilbert Reese Center is located at 1209 University Drive, Newark, Ohio.

Screening and discussion are sponsored by The Ohio State University at Newark Cultural Arts and Events Committee, Office of Student Life, Native American Indian & Indigenous Studies Organization (AIISO) student club, GAHDT/IAH grant, the Program in American Indian Studies and the Newark Earthworks Center.

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