Black Hills Film Festival
7:00 - 10:00 pm: Totems
U.S.A., Short Narrative, 14 Minutes
Director/Writer/Producer: Justin Deegan
A post-apocalyptic film about two Indigenous men existing in the aftermath of colonial America. When their spouses kick them out, making them homeless in 2019 Seattle. Just like in the old days.
7:00 - 10:00 pm: Warrior Women
South Dakota, Feature Documentary, 64 Minutes
Directors/Writers: Elizabeth A. Castle, Christina D. King
Producers: Anna Marie Pitman, Elizabeth A. Castle, Christina D. King
Editor: Kristen Nutile
“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. 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.