Opening Night Presentation


Directed by Valerie Red-Horse Mohl
USA, 2017, English, 74 minutes

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00 PM — DeSoto Theatre

In 1985, after serving as Deputy Chief under a conservative leader, Wilma Mankiller took office as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief. Having relocated from Oklahoma to San Francisco earlier in her life, Mankiller worked with both the nascent Black Panther and the Alcatraz occupation movements, eventually bringing the passion and experience she gained there back to her people. During her decade-long tenure as Principal Chief and beyond, Mankiller’s leadership enabled the Cherokee Nation to become one of the most economically and culturally successful tribes in America. Through rare archival footage and intimate interviews with activists including Gloria Steinem, as well as with Wilma herself, MANKILLER gives us insight into how this remarkable woman successfully navigated through the minefield of bipartisan politics. Veteran filmmaker Valerie Red-Horse Mohl and Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd present a portrait of a composed and assured leader who persevered through sexism and devastating personal setbacks to become one of the greatest leaders in American history.

The film will be preceded by a performance from Tommy Wildcat.

Opening Night Film & After-Party presented in partnership with the Chieftains Museum and Georgia Humanities Council and sponsored by Layer 3 Communications.