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Te Ata (2016)

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Te Ata set her sights on Broadway and what she thought was her life's dream. Audition after audition she was rejected and began to wonder if she was cut out for the bright lights.

Director:

Nathan Frankowski

Writers:

Esther Luttrell (story), Jeannie Barbour (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Q'orianka Kilcher ... Te Ata
Gil Birmingham ... T.B. Thompson
Brigid Brannagh ... Bertie Thompson
Graham Greene ... Douglas Johnston
Jenni Mabrey ... Bettie Johnston
Mackenzie Astin ... Clyde Fisher
Cindy Pickett ... Miss Davis
Marissa Skell ... Margaret
Tom Nowicki ... Thurlow Lieurance
Boriana Williams ... Young Te Ata
Zac Abbott Zac Abbott ... White Man
Bill Anoatubby Bill Anoatubby ... New Yorker
Jeannie Barbour Jeannie Barbour ... Casting Lady
Lona Barrick Lona Barrick ... Lady Member
Robert Cheadle Robert Cheadle ... Conductor
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Storyline

Te Ata (TAY' AH-TAH) is based on the inspiring, true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a woman who traversed cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time. Born in Indian Territory, and raised on the songs and stories of her Chickasaw tribe, Te Ata's journey to find her true calling led her through isolation, discovery, love and a stage career that culminated in performances for a United States president, European royalty and audiences across the world. Yet of all the stories she shared, none are more inspiring than her own.

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Based on the True Story of a Great Native American Herione


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Rated PG for some thematic elements including a brief violent image | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi nombre es Te Ata See more »

Filming Locations:

Tishomingo, Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$73,236, 26 October 2017
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Color
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As a child, Te Ata's father told her stories of the Chickasaw people, which instilled in her a great love of storytelling. See more »

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Young Te Ata: In the beginning, everything was covered with water. The only living were a few small animals, afloat on a raft. Not knowing what to do, the crayfish volunteered and dove off the raft into the great ocean. He tried every day to reach the bottom, and on the fourth day, he did. He built a great mud chimney that stuck up above the surface of the water. The mud spread out and created a newly formed Earth. It is from this mud chimney that the Chickasaw and the Choctaw people were allowed to come and...
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Fascinating movie because the star is so talented
16 November 2016 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Te Ata (2016) was directed by Nathan Frankowski, The film follows the life of a remarkable woman, Te Ata Thompson Fisher of the Chickasaw Nation. It's worth checking Wikipedia to learn about Te Ata, who was a truly a unique woman.

Q'orianka Kilcher, who portrays Te Ata, is also a remarkable woman. Her father is of indigenous Peruvian descent. She spent many years in Hawaii, and she has absorbed the indigenous Hawaiian culture as well.

The film is historically accurate. The Chickasaw nation was unwillingly forced to become part of the state of Oklahoma. In the early 20th Century, prejudice against Native Americans was as strong in Oklahoma as it was throughout the United States.

What makes this movie so interesting was that Te Ata rose above these prejudices to present the stories of indigenous people to the rest of the world. She performed in the White House and before the King and Queen of England. She is the type of person whose life cries out for a film biography, and I believe this movie does her justice.

We saw Te Ata at the Rochester's excellent Little Theatre. It was presented as part of the wonderful High Falls Film Festival: Celebrating Women in Film. This movie is both entertaining and important. It will work better in a theatre than on the small screen. However, even on a small screen, it will repay your effort to seek it out and see it.


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