About the Film
Bringing King to China is about a young American woman struggling to bring Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of nonviolence to China, and then back to the United States. Believing in the universality of Dr King’s ideals, Caitrin McKiernan decides to produce a play in China about Dr. King, in collaboration with the National Theater of China. With the U.S. deeply embroiled in wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, she not only wants to show that there is a different side to America, but also to use Dr. King’s ideas on nonviolence to build a bridge between the U.S. and China.
The film traces the ups and downs of this cross-cultural endeavor, alongside a father-daughter love story. Caitrin’s life is thrown into turmoil when she learns, mistakenly, that her father, a journalist covering the war in Iraq, has been killed by a suicide bomber. The film won Best Documentary at the 2011 Ventura and Tulsa International Film Festivals. The filmmaker is Caitrin's father, veteran war reporter Kevin McKiernan (Good Kurds, Bad Kurds; The Spirit of Crazy Horse). The cinematographers include Oscar-winner Haskell Wexler (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Bound for Glory).
A discussion with Director Kevin McKiernan moderated by Anthony Saich will follow the screening. Refreshments provided.
About the 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 he has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS.