Al Helm: Martin Luther King In Palestine

Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine

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An African-American gospel choir goes to Palestine to sing in a Palestinian play about Martin Luther King Jr. They become witnesses to life under occupation and a non-violent movement for social justice.

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"The glorious strains of gospel music wash over the West Bank in Connie Field’s potent film. As the Palestinian National Theater and an African-American choir mount a touring play about Martin Luther King Jr., written by Stanford Professor and King scholar Clayborne Carson, an impassioned cultural exchange ensues, new friendships are forged and attitudes are altered.  A rousing portrait of the changes unfolding in the Middle East as a nonviolent movement grows in Palestine, this dynamic and complex work is born of a brilliantly simple and potent idea:  what would happen if African-American Christians—the same group who served as exemplars of the Civil Rights Movement—could witness first-hand the plight of Palestinians today? One of the ten most popular films at this year's festival. " -Vancouver International Film Festival
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"At a time when documentary films on Palestine and the occupation are gaining surprising new prominence (with two such films recently nominated for Academy Awards), MARTIN LUTHER KING IN PALESTINE is utterly unique. It shows artists meeting across worlds; it refracts the fierce and appalling political situation through the lenses of theater; it weaves together threads of suffering and courage, political activism and artistic creation; it creates revelatory conversations between African Americans and Palestinians. MARTIN LUTHER KING IN PALESTINE shows the power of art and is, in itself, a work of art." -Dr. Linda Hess, Religious Studies, Stanford University


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