College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Warrior Women - Documentary Screening

Posted on Sunday, February 16th, 2020

We are extremely excited to bring to campus Native American activist Madonna Thunder Hawk and film director Elizabeth "Beth" Castle on Monday, February 24! 


Documentary Screening and Q+A with Activist Madonna Thunder Hawk

Where: Lang Hall Auditorium
When: Monday, February 24 at 6:30pm

Presented by: Women & Gender Studies, Department of Geography, School of Applied Human Sciences, with assistance from David O'Shields and Humanities Iowa

About the Film

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.

The world needs Indigenous women's leadership more than ever and the story of Warrior Women is right on time.  The film is rooted in a community-based oral history project on Red Power women's activism that has been 20 years in the making. It has a long history of accountability to community before the actual documentary film came about through the collaboration of Elizabeth Castle and Christina King.
This documentary is one of the first to cover the activism of a Native American woman as media coverage typically focuses on men. It has received several awards and nominations in both the United States and Canada.

A Q&A with Madonna Thunder Hawk and director, Elizabeth Castle, will follow the documentary. 

Please share our poster and the Warrior Women Viewer Discussion Guide with your groups, we cannot wait to see you there!

For more information:

Warrior Women Project -
Warrior Women Film -

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