CAST: Q'orianka Kilcher, Gil Birmingham, Graham Greene DIRECTOR: Nathan Frankowski TUESDAY FILM SERIES
Te Ata (TAY' AH-TAH) is based on the inspiring, true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a woman who traversed cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time. Born in Indian Territory, and raised on the songs and stories of her Chickasaw tribe, Te Ata's journey to find her true calling led her through isolation, discovery, love and a stage career that culminated in performances for a United States president, European royalty and audiences across the world. Yet, of all the stories she shared, none are more inspiring than her own.
The movie's driving force is its mythic performance scenes, which are choreographed, sung and acted with clear, balletic conviction ...Teo Bugbee, New York Times
By honoring the story and legacy of Te Ata, the film asserts its own, justifiable, importance in a time of continued Native American erasure from art and history.Hazem Fahmy, Film Inquiry