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Warrior Women Q&A

Originally screened as part of EFFA Presents: Summer of Change (21 Jan - 4 Feb 2021)


EFFA and Bank Australia are excited to present this exclusive Q&A with Director Beth Castle and stars Madonna Thunderhawk and Marcy Gilbert, as a companion piece to the Warrior Women feature film.


Marcy Gilbert shares EFFA's questions with Madonna and Beth and they all three discuss their thoughts on the issues highlighted in the film and their thoughts for the future. Enjoy this Q&A along with the film Warrior Women.


Bank Australia is proud to be the major partner for EFFA and our First Nations Initiative.


About the film.


Fighting for justice is second nature to Madonna Thunder Hawk, an Oohenumpa Lakota and veteran of every modern Native American occupation from Alcatraz and Wounded Knee, to the NODAPL protest at Standing Rock.


In a relaxed yet engaging discussion, Madonna warmly gathers with the women of her family to celebrate their years of activism, the strength of their people and the rise of the next generation, while reflecting upon the disruptive and oppressive history that haunts them.


Interspersed with beautifully preserved archival footage, Warrior Women uses a circular Indigenous style of storytelling to explore what it means to navigate leading a movement, motherhood and legacy, under the rule of a colonizing government that consistently meets Native resistance with violence. Looking at America’s brutal history, while shining a light on the environmentally destructive present, the film’s rock ‘n’ roll sensibility is insightful and inspiring, a nurturing history lesson from the women who saw it firsthand.


Angry, hopeful and full of resilience, the Warrior Women deserve your full attention.


"Inspiring"  Candace Smith, Booklist


"...a powerful corrective for anyone who thinks women are the weaker or fairer sex." | Dan Lybarger, Film Threat


"...remarkable indeed. Warrior Women should be required viewing in history classes" | Sezin Koehler, Black Girl Nerds


"...offers a celebration of the mothers and daughters who continue to fight, together, for a better future" | Chelsea Phillips-Carr, Point of View Magazine


"Moving, inspiring, and hilarious, Warrior Women is a film that stirs us to action in an era when so much is at stake. The urgency and relevance is masterfully told through the full range of the Indigenous experience, a truly human experience—history, humor, violence, and the desire for freedom. An instant classic" | Nick Estes, author of Our History is the Future


"A must-watch" | Tai S Edwards, Kansas History


Awards | George Foster Peabody Nominee, Knowledge Award - Films-for-Future-Festival, Best Feature Documentary - Black Hills Film Festival, Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature - Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, Best Documentary Short - The Roxbury International Film Festival, Best Documentary - 14th Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, Audience Award - BLACKSTAR Film Festival, Cultural Currents Award - Victoria Film Festival, Canada, Best Documentary - Los Angeles SKINS Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature - San Francisco American Indian Film Festival, Best Documentary - California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival


  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    62 minutes