One of America’s darkest secrets: the officially sponsored destruction of Native American families. Children removed from their homes, women sterilised without consent. Citizens ignored when they spoke up in protest.
Travelling across some of the loneliest parts of the USA, Lorna Tucker (Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist) contextualises these revelations by listening to victims, doctors, politicians and whistleblowers.
She sets the scandal into the context of the civil rights movement, including the Native American occupation of Alcatraz in 1969. How could the voices of Native Americans have gone unheeded for so long?
She finds a story of misguided attempts to “improve”, to “save” and to “civilise” Native Americans, an attitude that led to one of the most grotesque abuses of power in modern American history.
Director Lorna Tucker joins us for a post-screening Q&A.
Thursday 31 January 2019 6.30pm, Curzon Soho.
With thanks to Dartmouth Films and the Global Health Film Festival 2018.