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Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:74 min.
Director:Valerie Red-Horse Mohl
Producer:Valerie Red-Horse Mohl
Charlie Soap
Kristina Kiehl
Stacy Mahoney
Executive Producer:Gale Anne Hurd
Cinematographer:Tarin Anderson
Josh Mayes
David Aubrey
Robert Swanson
Curt Mohl
Corey Soap
Editor:Ken Schneider
Joe Lamattina
Lisa Lamattina
Note Writer:Carol Harada


This profile in courage illuminates the life and times of Wilma Mankiller, first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation. Though she faced deadly challenges in her efforts to rebuild her tribe’s self-governance, she persisted. Produced by Gale Ann Hurd (The Terminator trilogy), Valerie Red-Horse Mohl’s in-depth documentary reveals how Mankiller’s indigenous feminism and grassroots leadership arose from traditional Cherokee matrilineal society and her work in Bay Area social justice. She arose from humble beginnings in northeast Oklahoma, rich in community, but economically poor before moving to California where she spent two decades as a community activist. As chief, she cultivated non-elected leaders and headed self-reliance projects, ultimately reestablishing Cherokee sovereignty. Mankiller’s inspiring story and journey of exile and return spring to vivid life through rare archival footage of Mankiller and interviews with her family, friends, and collaborators, including Gloria Steinem. At a time of women marching and leading, Wilma Mankiller’s story is essential.