American Indian Movement (AIM) leader Madonna Thunder Hawk is committed to the liberation of Indigenous people, especially through the leadership of Indigenous women. “Warrior Women,” whose trailer debuted online yesterday (April 25), chronicles how Thunder Hawk raised her daughter, Marcy Gilbert, in the tradition of resistance.

According to the film’s website, “Warrior Women” traces almost 50 years of Indigenous activist movements, from AIM to the Dakota Access pipeline protests, using Thunder Hawk and Gilbert’s stories as a guide. First-time directors Christina D. King and Dr. Elizabeth Castle, both of whom are Indigenous women, explore how Thunder Hawk raised a new generation of Native American activist youth through the We Will Remember Survival School, which counted Gilbert among its pupils. The mother and daughter became comrades for Indigenous autonomy causes; the trailer shows them side-by-side in archival footage. 

“Warrior Women” premieres Saturday (April 28) at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. Check out the film’s trailer above, and its poster below.

"Warrior Women" film poster, provided by After Bruce PR Film poster with Indigenous women in sepia tones on red banner with beige text in front of brown sky and dark gray grass