Global Feminism: Amá
Amá is 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.
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.
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.
Amá was co-produced by Raindog Films, a London-based production company helmed by Academy-award winning actor Colin Firth and prolific film producer Ged Doherty, and the Roddick Foundation.
“This is a story of women marginalised by the intersections of poverty, race and gender … women who felt the world was indifferent to their experiences. In finding each other they are now being heard. The Circle is a powerful vehicle for bringing such women together and amplifying their stories. Stories which concern us all.” – Colin Firth
We were incredibly privileged to have none other than the director herself, Lorna Tucker and Charon Asetoyer, a woman’s rights activist who is featured in the film. Hearing from both of these incredible women was incredibly inspirational and the audience left knowing a lot more about this issue.