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CHICAGO "The Cherokee Word for Water" is a feature-length motion picture that tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation. First Nations Film and Video Festival will be hosting screenings of "The Cherokee Word for Water" as part of their Fall film festival.
In the words of Academy Award winning Pixar producer Darla Anderson,
“The Cherokee Word for Water has the same kind of elements of a Pixar film. It has a compelling story and a world not that many people know about. It's about how a community fought against everything to control their own destiny.”
“This film is about everyday people doing what they think is impossible,”
said Charlie Soap, filmmaker.
The highly acclaimed film will be premiered at Chicago Filmmakers on Friday, November 1st at 7:00 pm, as well as at The Logan Theater on Tuesday, November 5th at 4:00 pm and at the DePaul University Loop Campus on Friday, November 8th at 4:00 pm to close the festival.
About the Filmmakers
Filmmaker Charlie Soap, the film's Producer and Co-Director, was Wilma Mankiller's husband and community development partner for more than thirty years, and a leader in the Bell Waterline Project that inspired the film. Kristina Kiehl, one of the film Producers and one of Wilma's closest friends has been an organizer in the women's movement for more than three decades. She co-founded the Political Action Committee Voters for Choice along with author and feminist Gloria Steinem. Kristina created almost all of Wilma Mankiller's ads during her campaigns for Chief.
First Nations Film and Video Festival is proud to present this extraordinary film to as many of our patrons and film fans in Chicago as we can. We are working hard to bring Native directed films to larger audiences in support of Native American first-voice and self-representation in media. We hope to see you there. For more information visit www.fnfvf.org.
To host a screening of "The Cherokee Word for Water" go to www.tugg.com.
posted October 1, 2013 2:40 pm edt