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Warrior Women ()


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A documentary which details the life of Lakota activist and community organizer Madonna Thunder Hawk, whose career fighting for Indigenous and women's rights has now spanned over 50 years.

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Marcella Gilbert ...
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Madonna Thunder Hawk ...
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Directed by

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Elizabeth Castle ... (co-director)
Christina D. King ... (co-director)

Produced by

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Julianna Brannum ... post producer
Elizabeth Castle ... co-producer
Christina D. King ... co-producer
Michael Kinomoto ... supervising producer
John G. Larson ... associate producer
Anna Marie Pitman ... producer
Hannah Snow ... associate producer
Jeremy Yaches ... unit producer

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Giulio Carmassi
Bryan Scary

Cinematography by

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Andreas Burgess
John G. Larson

Film Editing by

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Keiko Deguchi
Kristen Nutile

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Robyn Braun ... associate editor
Nathan S. Caswell ... colorist
Cailley Frank-Lehrer ... assistant editor
Katyann Gonzalez ... post-production assistant
Adam Khalil ... associate editor
Claire Molloy ... associate editor
Rebecca Sherwood ... assistant editor
Hannah Snow ... assistant editor

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Kate Bilinski ... dialogue editor / sound effects editor
Tom Efinger ... re-recording mixer
Kevin Patten ... sound recordist
Jeff Seelye ... sound supervisor

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Patty Ahn ... additional camera operator
Shane Brown ... additional camera operator
Rosie Haber ... additional camera operator
Joe Hubers ... additional camera operator
Khyber Jones ... additional camera operator
Todd Mechling ... key grip

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Stephanie Bencin ... archive researcher
Julianna Brannum ... archive researcher
Elizabeth Castle ... archive researcher
Penny Lane ... archive researcher

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Plot Summary

In the 1970s, with the swagger of unapologetic Indianness, 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 Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader who shaped a kindred group of activists' children - including her daughter Marcy - into the "We Will Remember" Survival School as a Native alternative to government-run education. 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 are still at the forefront of Native issues, fighting against the environmental devastation of the Dakota Access Pipeline and for Indigenous cultural values. Through a circular Indigenous style of storytelling, this film explores what it means to navigate a movement and motherhood and how activist legacies are passed down and transformed from generation to generation in the context of colonizing government that meets Native resistance with violence.

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Taglines Warrior Women is the story of mothers and daughters fighting for Native rights in the American Indian Movement of the 1970s. The film unveils not only a female perspective of history, but also examines the impact political struggles have on the children who bear witness. See more »
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  • 65 min
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