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The Cherokee Word for Water (2013)

PG | | Drama | 2013 (USA)
The work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Directors:

Tim Kelly (co-director), Charlie Soap (co-director)

Writers:

Louise Rubacky, Gary Miranda (co-writer) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kimberly Guerrero ... Wilma Mankiller
Mo Brings Plenty ... Charlie Soap (as Moses Brings Plenty)
Steve Reevis ... Johnson Soap
Darryl Tonemah Darryl Tonemah ... Chief Ross Swimmer
Zahn McClarnon ... Deputy Jackson
Deanna Dunagan ... Irene Mankiller
Kaylea Dreadfulwater Kaylea Dreadfulwater ... Felicia
Jamie Hair Jamie Hair ... Gina
Ben Livingston Ben Livingston ... Curly
Jeff Anderson Jeff Anderson ... Don Musgrove
Oren Lyons Oren Lyons ... Judge / Grandpa
Rich Bentz Rich Bentz ... Charlie's Boss
Levi Mullen Levi Mullen ... Costner
Ross Crain ... Frank
Cassie Self ... Lisa
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Storyline

Set in the early 1980s, The Cherokee Word for Water begins in the homes of a small town in rural Oklahoma where many houses lack running water and others are little more than shacks. The movie is told from the perspective of Wilma Mankiller and full-blood Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap who join forces to battle opposition and build a 16-mile waterline system using a community of volunteers. In the process, they inspire the townspeople to trust each other, to trust their way of thinking, and to spark a reawakening of the universal indigenous values of reciprocity and interconnectedness. This project also inspired a self-help movement in Indian Country that continues to this day. The movie is dedicated to Wilma Mankiller's vision, compassion and incredible grace. Written by PP

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA

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The Cherokee Word for Water is one of the first, if not the first, full length feature film production to hire an American Indian casting director to cast both it's American Indian and non-American Indian cast. It was the forethought and obvious thinking of Producer Paul Heller ("Enter the Dragon") who hired American Indian Michelle Shining Elk to cast this film. See more »

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A worthy movie
1 February 2019 | by jimmyjoe583See all my reviews

This movie will not win any major academy awards. This movie is infinitely better than most produced by hollywood. Any deficiencies in acting or production values are more than compensated for by the messages of hope and inspiration.


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