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Te Ata (2017)

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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.

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Cast

Q'Orianka Kilcher
as Te Ata Thompson Fisher
Graham Greene (II)
as Douglas Johnston
Gil Birmingham
as T.B. Thompson
Mackenzie Astin
as Dr. Clyde Fisher
Brigid Brannagh
as Bertie Thompson

Critic Reviews for Te Ata

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

Te Ata ultimately feels more suitable for classroom than mainstream consumption.

October 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Lacking both fluidity and complexity, "Te Ata" is a functional but one-note tribute told through educational storytelling that, unlike its subject, doesn't manage to inspire.

October 12, 2017 | Full Review…
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The film rarely soars with the kind of authentic spirit and passion needed to fully sell this decidedly old-fashioned material.

October 12, 2017 | Full Review…

While Nathan Frankowski's biopic has the saccharine, deliberate feel of a Hallmark movie, that doesn't make the woman at its center any less inspirational.

October 12, 2017 | Full Review…

The movie's driving force is its mythic performance scenes, which are choreographed, sung and acted with clear, balletic conviction ...

October 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Simultaneously earnest yet maudlin, "Te Ata" lacks the one thing its subject is said to have possessed: a gift for storytelling.

October 5, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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