An unreleased documentary film will be screened at Tacoma's Shiloh Baptist Church on Tues., Apr. 16, at 7:00 p.m. -- "Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine" tells the true story of an African-American gospel choir in the Holy Land to participate in a play. -- This moving account of the reconciliation and discovery that ensues is a powerful reaffirmation of what love and art can accomplish when they work together. -- More information below. ...
WHAT: Preview of "Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine," an unreleased documentary film
WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 -- 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Shiloh Baptist Church, 1211 South I St., Tacoma, WA 98405 (corner of S. 12th & S. "I")
By presenting the experiences of an African-American gospel choir whose members travel to Palestine to participate in a play with Palestinian actors about Martin Luther King Jr. and nonviolent resistance, "Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine" asks the question: What if Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X had been Palestinians?
As Christians, choir members are excited about going to the Holy Land, but they are unsure about working with Palestinians. Theirs is a story of discovering common ground and of learning about the diet of humiliation and injustice served up daily to Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. "Al Helm" is nevertheless a profoundly uplifting story of reconciliation through the power of love and art.
Because music rights still need to be purchased, this film has still not been released. It is hoped that the showing of the film in Tacoma will help raise funds toward its completion.
Admission to this showing of "Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine" is free and open to the public.