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Sisters Rising: Movie Screening & Discussion
April 2, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - April 12, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, April 2, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and HopeWorks’ Youth Leadership Project is honoring it by hosting a movie screening and discussion of “Sisters Rising” directed by Willow O’Feral and Brad Heck. Please join HopeWorksâ€™ Youth Leaders to engage in conversation around sexual assault, intersectionality, and oppression.
Sisters Rising is an impactful documentary about six Native American women reclaiming personal and tribal sovereignty. This screening will be held virtually through the assistance of Women Make Movies and is open to the general public.
SISTERS RISING is the story of six Native American women fighting to restore personal and tribal sovereignty in the face of ongoing sexual violence against Indigenous women in the United States.
Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than all other American women. 1 in 3 Native women report having been raped during her lifetime and 86% of the offenses are committed by non-Native men. These perpetrators exploit gaps in tribal jurisdictional authority and target Native women as â€˜safe victimsâ€™. The film follows six women who refuse to let this pattern of violence continue in the shadows: a tribal cop in the midst of the North Dakota oil boom, an attorney fighting to overturn restrictions on tribal sovereignty, a teacher of Indigenous womenâ€™s self-defense, grassroots advocates working to influence legislative change, and the author of the first anti-sex trafficking code to be introduced to a reservationâ€™s tribal court. Their stories shine an unflinching light on righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level.
SISTERS RISING is an urgent call to action, a gorgeous portrait of powerful women acting in solidarity, and a demand for tribal sovereignty and self-determination as the necessary step towards ending violence against Native women.