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New Doc Goes from Churches to Movie Theaters

New Doc Goes from Churches to Movie Theaters

New Doc Goes from Churches to Movie Theaters

by Eugene Hernandez

Documentary subject Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Courtesy of First Run Features.

“Bonhoeffer,” a documentary portrait of German theologian and resistance fighter Dietrich Bonhoeffer, will be coming to movie theaters on June 20 as it continues to to screen at churches throughout the United States. The film, directed by Martin Doblmeier, was acquired for distribution by First Run Features.

Inspired by the work of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Dietrich Bonhoeffer questioned the Protestant church’s failure to speak out against Adolph Hitler. He lived in the United States for a time, before joining an unsuccessful bomb plot against Hitler. Born in 1906, he was hanged in the concentration camp at Flossenburg in 1945 for his participation in the Protestant movement against the Nazi regime. The film includes rare archival footage and photos, Bonhoeffer’s words as voiced by Klaus Maria Brandauer, and numerous interviews.

The film was produced by Doblmeier’s Alexandria, VA-based Journey Films, which specializes in work that explores religion, history, and social issues. He has also directed “Thomas Jefferson: A View From The Mountain” and “Bernardin,” a portrait of Chicago’s Cardinal Bernardin.

Journey Films launched the movie with screenings at Park City churches in Utah during the Sundance Film Festival. After nabbing media attention there, the company began securing showings at other churches before signing with First Run.

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