“Warrior Women” to Be Shown at Traverse City Film Festival

Marcy Gilbert and Madonna Thunder Hawk are featured in “Warrior Women”

Published August 4, 2018

Madonna Thunder Hawk and Marcy Gilbert will be in Traverse City for film festival

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — From the Alcatraz to Standing Rock, Madonna Thunder Hawk has been there fighting for American Indian rights. Now, she and her daughter, Marcy Gilbert, are the two main subjects of a 67-minute film, “Warrior Women” that will be shown at the Traverse City Film Festival at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the State Theatre in downtown Traverse City.

Centered on the life and work of Lakota community organizer Madonna Thunder Hawk, Warrior Women reveals the largely untold story of women’s activism in the Red Power movement. Directors Christina D. King (Up Heartbreak Hill, TCFF 2011) and Elizabeth A. Castle’s inspiring documentary not only captures her involvement in the American Indian Movement (AIM) using interviews and rare archival footage—including AIM’s occupation of Wounded Knee—it also powerfully explores how she instilled the fight for Native rights in her daughter Marcy. Today, both women continue to lead their movement as they take arms against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. And with Marcy now a mother herself, the question of how a commitment to change is passed down from one generation to another makes the magnitude of Thunder Hawk’s legacy all the more clear.

IN PERSON: Directors Christina D. King and Elizabeth Castle; Subjects Madonna Thunderhawk and Marcy Gilbert.

Also to be shown on Sunday morning:


Directed by Shane McSauby

Directed by Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians tribal citizen, Shane McSauby, “Mino Bimaadiziwin” traces Jim, a trans Anishnaabe man, who has lost all connections with his Native culture until he has a chance meeting with a mysterious Anishnaabe woman.

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