FNFVF Brings “The Cherokee Word for Water” to Chicago

First Nation Film and Video Festival (FNFVF) to Bring New Film
The Cherokee Word for Water
to Chicago


Chicago, IL – First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. will be hosting screenings of The Cherokee Word for Water as part of their Fall 2013 film festival at Chicago Filmmakers on Friday, November 1st at 7:00pm, as well as at The Logan Theater on Tuesday, November 5th at 4:00pm with a screening at DePaul University Loop Campus on Friday, Nov. 8th at 4:00pm to close the festival

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. 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” – Charlie Soap


About the Filmmakers

Filmmaker Charlie Soap, the films 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.

The Cherokee Word For Water has partnered with Tugg.com, a platform that helps individuals and organizations to host screenings in their local theaters. To host a screening go to: http://www.tugg.com/titles/the-cherokee-word-for-water.

First Nations Film and Video Festival is proud to present this extraordinary film to as many of our 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.