AL HELM: MARTIN LUTHER KING IN PALESTINE
Directed by CONNIE FIELD
November 14, 2019
ABOUT THE FILM
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.