AIM WEST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
October 14 only
the Native American Health Center!
In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day and the 50th Anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz, A.I.M. West presents AMÁ, an incendiary documentary exposing the forced sterilization of Native American women by the American government.
Jean Whitehorse IN PERSON!
A feature length documentary which tells an important and untold story: the abuses committed against Native American women by the United States Government during the 1960’s and 70’s: removed from their families and sent to boarding schools, forced relocation away from their traditional lands and involuntary sterilization.
It is estimated over a twenty-year period between 1960 and 1980 that tens of thousands of Native American women were sterilized without their knowledge or consent. Due to poor record keeping during this era the number may in fact be much higher. Many of these women went to their graves having suffered this incredible abuse of power.
The result of nine years painstaking and sensitive work by filmmaker Lorna Tucker, the film features the testimony of many Native Americans, including three remarkable women who tell their stories – Jean Whitehorse, Yvonne Swan and Charon Aseytoyer – as well as a revealing and rare interview with Dr. Reimart Ravenholt whose population control ideas were the framework for some of the government policies directed at Native American women.
Written and directed by Lorna Tucker. Produced by Colin Firth. USA. 2019. 73 minutes.
For more info, https://amamovie.com/#home
$13.00. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Watch Jean Whitehorse giving testimony on the floor of the UN condemning the procedure of sterilization by Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) during the 1960-70’s.