Al-Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine (film)

Palestine Film Festival (NH):
Red River Theater, 11 S Main St, Concord

Award-winning film about an African American gospel choir who serves as the Greek chorus for a Palestinian play on Martin Luther King, Jr.  Together, the African Americans and Palestinians tour the West Bank preaching nonviolence. The choir is apprehensive about working with Palestinians whose American media image is that of angry, violent terrorists. For the Palestinians actors, Americans are unconditional supporters of their occupiers. It is a personal and cultural exchange where, over the course of the journey, their ideas about each other are radically transformed.  Happy to finally visit the Holy Land, the choir witnesses life in the occupied territories, performs in a unique theater inside a refugee camp, and meets Fadi Quran, a young leader of a nonviolent movement for justice. At the end of their tour reality will astonishingly mirror the play on MLK, a man who died for his beliefs.

Dr. Carmen Buford-Paige and Tarek Abu Jabarah will provide commentary and facilitate the discussion following the screening.