What: TONIGHT - film & discussion "Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine"
When: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 7:00pm
Where: Square Room, Knoxville

Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00pm
The Square Room -- 4 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902

(connected to backside of Cafe 4, entrance through the alley between Cafe 4 and the Tomato Head)

Free admission with panel discussion to follow.


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About the film:

"We went to the Holy Land with Dr. Clay Carson, who runs the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute, to film his play about King performed by the Palestinian National Theatre and an African-American gospel choir which was presented to audiences all over the West Bank. It was an intense cultural exchange between two peoples encompassing the joy of new friendships, creative collaborations and eye opening experiences. No one who participated remained unchanged.

We traveled through the Holy Land that the Christian choir were so passionately excited to see, as they were introduced to the other side of the land where Jesus once walked: a man whose front yard has been bisected by the Security Wall and whose children have to play in the dust of its continued construction; the ease with which they as foreigners were able to pass through checkpoints while their Palestinian counterparts took hours to navigate the same distance; a home which had no water because a settlement had taken over their well, where Palestinian women teach them songs in Arabic and join them in singing American gospel songs. And yet, amidst the hardships of occupied life, the choir is greeted with food, humor, and generosity, a mixture that brought some of them to tears.

We also captured the growing non-violent movement of young people in Palestine, who are much like their peers in Egypt and Tunisia--bright, well-educated, social media savvy and deeply committed. They are on the move, changing hearts and minds. Our film brings a fresh perspective in understanding the realities of Palestinian life under occupation and introduces people to the young Palestinians who are changing the landscape non-violently."

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About the Sponsor:

Women in Black is an international movement started by Israeli women in 1988 to protest Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. In Knoxville, we have held Women in Black vigils every Tuesday at Noon, in front of the Duncan Federal Building, for 15 years – standing in the heat, cold, rain, and snow, as well as all the beautiful weather! We stand in solidarity with our Israeli sisters who have been speaking out for decades against Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories. We express our concern for a just peace between Israel and Palestine and ask our government to use its power and influence to end Israel’s illegal occupation. (Please feel free to join us).

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