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Museum offers free film screening

Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock will offer a free screening of The Cherokee Word for Water in the museum’s Ottenheimer Theater on March 20, 2014, at 6 p.m.

It will be preceded by a light reception and followed by a Q & A session with two of the film’s producers.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the museum at (501) 324-99351 or e-mailing info@historicarkansas.org.

The Cherokee Word For Water is a feature-length motion picture inspired by the true story of the struggle for, opposition to, and ultimate success of a rural Cherokee community to bring running water to their families by using the traditional concept of “gadugi “– working together to solve a problem.

Led by Wilma Mankiller, who went on to become the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, and Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap, the Bell Waterline Project engaged a community of volunteers to build nearly 20 miles of waterline.

For more information about the film, visit www.cw4w.com.

Director/Producer Charlie Soap and Co-writer/Producer Kristina Kiehl will answer audience questions after the film. Charlie Soap 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. Charlie, a full-blood bilingual Cherokee, is an accomplished community development organizer who has received numerous awards for his work, including the Common Cause Public Service Achievement Award and two National Certificates of Merit from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Kristina Kiehl 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. Kiehl created almost all of Wilma Mankiller’s ads during her campaigns for Chief and has helped develop ads and events for a number of other national political candidates, including Ann Richards, Nancy Pelosi, Al Gore and others. Her passion for The Cherokee Word for Water and dedication to Mankiller’s vision has been one of the driving forces behind the movie since its inception and comes out of her decades of deep friendship with Wilma Mankiller and Charlie Soap.

Historic Arkansas Museum is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the galleries and parking are free; tours of historic grounds are $2.50 for adults, $1 for children under 18, $1.50 for senior citizens. The Historic Arkansas Museum Store is open 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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