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Bringing MLK to China is Focus of Film at Creighton University

Bringing King to China is the title of a film that will be shown at Creighton University at 7 p.m. January 19, in the auditorium of the Mike and Josie Harper Center. It is free and open to the public. A conversation with the director Kevin McKiernan and the central character, his daughter, Caitrin McKiernan, will follow the screening.

The film is part of a week-long series of events to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Bringing King to China was named the best documentary at the Tulsa International Film Festival and the Ventura Film Festival and has been an official selection at festivals in New York, Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Orlando, Santa Barbara, Asheville, and Irvine.

The film tells the story of a young American teacher in Beijing, Caítrín McKiernan, who produces a play in China about Martin Luther King Jr., using Chinese actors and African American gospel singers. Her goal to translate Dr. King’s vision of global peace to China is faced with cultural obstacles and relationships that have soured. Bringing King to China is a father-daughter story that plays out against a bridge Cáitrín tries to build between the U.S. and China.

Kevin McKiernan wrote and co-produced The Spirit of Crazy Horse (PBS Frontline) and wrote, directed and produced Good Kurds, Bad Kurds (PBS Independent Lens), which screened at over 40 film festivals and won 10 awards. His career as a journalist and filmmaker has taken him to some of the world's most troubled regions, from Nicaragua to Iraq to West Africa; his work, nominated for the Pulitzer prize, has been published by Time, Newsweek and The New York Times, and appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS.

Sponsors of the event include: Justice & Peace Studies Program, Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, Asian World Center, Center for Service & Justice, Graff Chair in Catholic Theology, Inter Residence Hall Government Diversity & Leadership Committee, Jacobsen Chair in Communications, Kenefick Chair in the Humanities, Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution