A powerful feature documentary about six Native American women reclaiming personal & tribal sovereignty.
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 ‘safe victims’.
SISTERS RISING 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, an Indigenous women’s self-defense instructor, grassroots advocates working to influence legislative change, and the author of the first anti-sex trafficking code to be introduced to a reservation’s tribal court. Their stories shine an unflinching light on righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level.
The film will be followed by a short discussion on the links between extractive industries, colonialism, gendered and racialized violence, Indigenous sovereigty, and human rights instruments. Leading the discussion will be Ph.D. candidate Kerstin Reibold (Department of Philosophy), Postdoctoral fellow Lena Gross (SESAM) and guest researcher Ellen Marie Jensen (Centre for Women's and Gender Research).
The screening is sponsored by the University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway.
The screening has free admission, but all audiences must register and collect their free ticket here.
Pleate note: The film does not have Norwegian subtitles.