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Synopsis

Revealing one of North America’s darkest secrets, the officially sponsored destruction of Native American families. Children were removed from their families and thousands of women sterilised without their consent.
First-time film maker Lorna Tucker breaks the silence that still covers this dark chapter, piecing together a tragic story of good intentions gone wrong and misguided attempts to “improve” Native Americans. Along the way she finds a growing number of women ready to confront the pain of the past.
Travelling across some of the loneliest parts of the United States, Tucker interviews victims, officials and whistleblowers, detailing the heart-breaking wrongs visited by government agencies on the Native American population. Most shockingly, these include mass enforced sterilisation of Native women, continuing up to the 1980s. Tucker finds and interviews women sterilised without consent during these years, as well as officials who saw anti-poverty programmes put into place and gradually twisted from their original intent.
Setting these scandals into the context of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, including the occupation of Alcatraz in 1969-1971, these protests continue today to inspire women to raise their voices, fighting for a better future for themselves and for those children they have.

Details

Year
2018
Type of film
Features
Running Time
73 mins
Director
Lorna Tucker 1st Feature
Producer
Colin Firth, Ged Doherty
Co-Producer
Andrea Vecchiato
Executive Producer
Claudia Bluemhuber, Gordon Roddick, Ian Astbury, Livia Firth, Peter Tyson
Editor
Claire Ferguson
Screenwriter
Lorna Tucker
Director of Photography
Andrea Vecchiato
Associate Producer
Nuala O'Leary

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Last updated 24th October 2017

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Raindog Films
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