Warrior Women


The Loft Film Fest is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.

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

“This film is inspiring and more relevant than ever … it uses Madonna Thunder Hawk’s story not only as a lens through which to view the Indigenous rights movement, but as a textbook for all grassroots activism.” – Seattle Times

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. (Dir. by Elizabeth Castle & Christina D. King, 2018, USA, 67 mins., Not Rated). Other festivals: Calgary; Seattle; Hot Docs  | Tucson Premiere

Special thanks to our community partners, DocScapes, Women and Gender Resource CenterNative American Student AffairsYWCA,  Common Ground AllianceWOSACAmerican Indian Studies Department, Indigenous StrategiesAntigone Books, and University of Arizona Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.