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indieWIRE's Project of the Day: Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Returns with "MLK, Jr. in Palestine"

By Indiewire | Indiewire August 4, 2011 at 3:28AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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indieWIRE's Project of the Day: Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Returns with "MLK, Jr. in Palestine"
An image from "Martin Luther King, Jr. in Palestine." [Image courtesy of filmmakers]

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

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"Martin Luther King, Jr. in Palestine" (working title)

Tweetable Logline:

Gospel, camels, MLK and an assassination: a unique perspective on Palestine, amidst a rising tide of non-violent struggle in the Holy Land.

Elevator Pitch:

It’s Arab Spring. We are in one of the most contested regions of the world, plagued by a history of great tragedies, in a place they call The Holy Land. A Palestinian actor plays Martin Luther King, an African-American choir sings gospel, a theater troupe caravans throughout the West Bank. All around them young people are on the move, changing hearts and minds in non-violent struggle for change. In the midst of the journey an assassin strikes, a cultural beacon falls and the border between art and real life blurs.

Production Team:

Director/Field Producer: Connie Field ("Have You Heard From Johannesburg," "¡Salud!," “Freedom on My Mind," Academy Award-nominated “Forever Activists," “The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter")
Editor: Gregory Scharpen

About the Production:

"I was asked to go to Palestine to film a play about Martin Luther King, Jr. performed by Palestinians and an African-American gospel choir. I knew a larger film had to be made! I went with virtually no funding. This is a great story, including a growing non-violent movement of young people --bright, social media savvy, deeply committed. American media mostly portrays Palestinians as violent terrorists. A film like this could help change that image, and show nonviolence as an effective struggle that could potentially bring a solution to one of the world’s most contested regions." -- Connie Field

Current Status:

Nearly all of the footage is shot for the film, save for one trip to Palestine. The project is currently moving into the post-production stage.

For more information and to support this project:

Production Company Website
Kickstarter Page

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