If you haven’t seen “Young Lakota,” the documentary that explores the intersection of reproductive justice and indigenous rights through the perspective of then 21 year old Sunny Clifford and her community at the Pine Ridge Reservation, stop what you’re doing and see where it’s playing near you.
(I’m serious. Search right now. This week’s Feministing Five can wait…Perfect, glad you’re incorporating it in your weekend plans!)
“Young Lakota” stunned me with its portrayal of Sunny Clifford. Starting off wondering how she would be able to help her community upon returning from college, she learns to assert her voice and her activism while protecting her community against restrictive legislation that would have severely limited women’s rights to access safe abortions. Throughout the film, she beautifully articulates the basis for her political engagement and her personal empowerment. But the moment that really caught my breath was when she powerfully stated, “I don’t think anyone belongs to any person other than yourself.”
We were obviously thrilled to briefly chat with Sunny about how her life has changed seven years later and how she continues her activism for indigenous rights and reproductive justice.
And now, without further ado, the Feministing Five with Sunny Clifford.