Documentary | Valerie Red-Horse Mohl & Gale Anne Hurd

MANKILLER examines the legacy of the formidable Wilma Mankiller, who defied all odds to become one of the most influential leaders in the United States. Mankiller overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief in 1985. 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.

57 minutes

Release: March 2018

Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, Director and Producer of MANKILLER, is of Cherokee ancestry and the owner/founder of Red-Horse Native Productions, Inc. Red-Horse Mohl and her company have become the preeminent collaborator with American Indian tribal nations to bring important Native stories accurately and respectfully to the screen.

Gale Anne Hurd

Executive Producer
Gale Anne Hurd is one of the industry’s most respected film and television producers. In 1984, after working in various capacities for legendary producer Roger Corman, Hurd produced and co-wrote her first feature film, THE TERMINATOR. The film was a box office and critical success, and has since become a genre classic. This success was quickly followed by ALIENS, which received seven nominations and two Academy Awards®, followed by the Academy Award®-winning films THE ABYSS, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, and THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS among many others.


Charlie Soap was Wilma Mankiller’s husband and community development partner for more than thirty years, as well as a leader in the Bell Waterline Project that inspired the film. Charlie is a full-blood bilingual Cherokee who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Northeastern State University. Mr. Soap has dedicated virtually his entire career to strengthening the many Cherokee communities. Since early 2002, Charlie has worked with the construction of 8 community buildings and numerous other critical self-help initiatives.

Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.


Program Coordinator

(Hataža Mani Winga)​

"Cinema Aficionado"

Role: Jordana is excited to engage with different Native/Indigenous communities. Her passion for working with youth will help develop the Native Youth Media Project. She will also assist with the Creative Shorts Fellowship (CSF) to help organize deliverables for filmmakers.