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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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Never underestimate the power of a community.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some language
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Trivia

Charlie Soap is known as a quiet but highly effective "Cherokee powerhouse". Soap has focused his efforts on development projects for several low-income Cherokee communities. He also directs a community-based program designed to assist needy children in rural areas. And to this day, he is still helping communities build waterlines. At the time of filming "The Cherokee Word for Water", Soap was simultaneously working on a 30+ mile pipeline. See more »

Quotes

Judge: You like Charlie?
Wilma Mankiller: I thought in the old ways a Cherokee wasn't supposed to meddle in someone else's personal business?
Judge: That's a myth.
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA

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