The glorious strains of gospel music wash over the West Bank in Connie Field’s potent new film. As the Palestinian National Theater and an African-American choir mount a touring play about Martin Luther King Jr., an impassioned cultural exchange ensues and attitudes are altered. Al Helm - Arabic for "the dream" - shows artists meeting across worlds; it refracts the fierce and appalling political situation through the lens of theater; it weaves together threads of suffering and courage, political activism and artistic creation. Field - an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director - has folded multiple perspectives and forces together to truly moving effect.
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