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Award-Winning Documentary Bringing King to China, Feb. 6

  • Published: January 23, 2012


  • Bringing King to China documentary at Nazareth College with director Kevin McKiernan
  • Monday, February 6 at 7 p.m. in A14 of Nazareth College Arts Center
  • Free and open to the public

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Nuala Boyle, executive director of the Center for Civic Engagement, at (585) 389-2670 or

Award-Winning Documentary Bringing King to China, Feb. 6

Nazareth’s Center for Civic Engagement is proud to present a screening of the award-winning documentary Bringing King to China on Monday, February 6, at 7:00 p.m. in Room A14 of the Nazareth College Arts Center (4245 East Avenue, Rochester). Best Documentary Winner at the 2011 Tulsa International Film Festival and the 2011 Ventura Film Festival, Bringing King to China captures a cross-cultural dialogue about the relevance of Dr. King’s legacy of peace and nonviolence. Director Kevin McKiernan will present the film. The screening is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nuala Boyle, executive director of the Center for Civic Engagement, at (585) 389-2670 or or visit

Bringing King to China is the story of a young American teacher in Beijing, whose failed protests against the Iraq war inspire her to produce a play in Chinese (Passages of Martin Luther King) about Martin Luther King, Jr. Her journey begins after she learns (mistakenly) that her father, an ABC News journalist covering the war, has been killed by a suicide bomber. The documentary chronicles her journey to accomplish her "dream to build a bridge between the societies by talking about peaceful struggle and universal rights" (The New York Times). Directed by Kevin McKiernan (good Kurds, Bad Kurds; PBS Frontline’s The Spirit of Crazy Horse) and featuring the direction of Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler, Bringing King to China is a vehicle for American audiences to examine Dr. King's international impact and to access the changing beliefs of China's future leaders.

Producer and director Kevin McKiernan's 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. Studs Terkel called McKiernan’s book, THE KURDS: A People in Search of Their Homeland (St. Martin’s Press, 2006), “astonishing.” 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 forty film festivals and won ten awards.

The film is co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, the faculty lecture/film committee, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for Spirituality and the Peace and Justice program.


Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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