Opens Friday, November 30
A feature-length motion picture, The Cherokee Word for Water, is about a Cherokee community that uses traditional Native values of reciprocity and interdependence to rebuild their community. Set in the early 1980s, the screenplay was inspired by the Bell Waterline Project which was the subject of national media coverage. This positive, uplifting film focuses on the cultural assets of Native people and seeks to help reshape the public perception of Native people. The project is committed to training and employing Native people for jobs from filming to construction.
The leadership team includes Charlie Soap, Wilma Mankiller’s husband who has worked in Indian Country for all of his life. The experienced creative team includes Paul Heller, producer of Academy Award Wining My Left Foot, to create a positive contemporary Native American story with universal appeal.