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Wilma Mankiller documentary set for world premiere in Los Angeles





A new documentary about the first woman to lead the Cherokee Nation is set for its world premiere.

Mankiller will debut at the L.A. Film Festival next month. The film shares the remarkable story of the late Wilma Mankiller, who overcame sexism and discrimination and served as principal chief of the Oklahoma-based tribe for three terms.

“I was immediately drawn to Wilma's powerful story. On both a personal and political level, her legacy is more relevant now than ever,” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd said. “This film and Wilma’s life serve as a powerful lesson in the art of the possible. As she herself said ‘The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.’”

Joining Hurd on the documentary team are producer/director Valerie Red-Horse Mohl and producer Kristina Kiehl, whose film The Cherokee Word for Water also focused on Mankiller's life.

Mankiller's widow, Charlie Soap, also served as producer and her two daughters, Felicia and Gina Olaya, served as co-producers.

The screening of Mankiller takes place June 19. Members of Mankiller's family are planning to attend.