FREE SCREENING - Please note the time has changed to 5.30pm - 7pm, where it was previously advertised to start at 7pm
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.
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.
About Film Unit
Film Unit is the award winning independent cinema located in the Sheffield Students' Union. Founded in 1949, we are a group of cinema lovers who desire to provide entertainment, to be not for profit, and to promote film as an art form.
We screen a selection of films on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during term time, with the cheapest ticket price in Yorkshire. We specially curate our programme with blockbusters, independent, foreign, family and classic cinema, to ensure we provide something for everyone. For us, cinema should be for everyone, so all our standard screenings are open to the public, our matinee screenings are Hard of Hearing friendly with subtitles and this semester we are hosting a special Autism-friendly screening of Lego Batman. We're hosting two very special free screenings of I, Daniel Blake in association with Unite the Union and on April Fools' Day, we're holding a hilarious Fools Festival of British Comedy Cinema. We are volunteer-run so if you'd like to get involved, please get in touch. www.filmunit.org.uk
Once again many thanks to all our staff, volunteers and of course, our audience!
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