Who needs MLK’s message of peace the most, the United States or China? How you answer will most likely depend on which country you come from. Directed by award-winning documentarian and journalist Kevin McKiernan, and filmed by the acclaimed cinematographer Haskell Wexler, this feature-length documentary is a vehicle for American audiences to examine Dr. King’s international impact and to access the changing beliefs of China’s future leaders.
“China is rapidly expanding its military and power…There will be a day when the Chinese equals the United States in military and economic power.”
– Larry Diamond, Hoover Institute, Stanford University
This feature-length documentary offers a unique opportunity to view Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the U.S. civil rights struggle – and the United States itself – from the perspective of another culture.
Cáitrín, a young American scholar in Bejing, is determined to “show another face” of her country to those who view American foreign policy in Iraq as violent and aggressive. Believing it is possible to build a bridge between Chinese and American society by talking about peaceful struggle and universal rights, she initiates a collaboration with the National Theater of China to bring Martin Luther King’s dream of nonviolent change to China. The project becomes a fascinating microcosm of the differences between east and west as Cáitrín’s efforts to translate Dr. King’s vision of global peace to a Chinese audience turn rocky and she struggles to find common ground with her collaborators.
Bringing King to China documents a cross-cultural dialogue about the current relevance of Dr. King’s philosophy of peace and non-violence.
Run time: 85 minutes
“Americans and Chinese need to talk, figure things out and understand each other, much the way that the U.S. and Japan began a similar dialogue decades earlier. As the film pointed out, each culture has its own interpretation of reality.”
– David A. Love, Huffington Post
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