Bringing King To China
Directed by Kevin McKiernan | CHINA / INDIA / USA | 2010 | 88min | Subtitled | (Q&A)
BRINGING KING TO CHINA follows Santa Barbara native Caitrin McKiernan, whose failed protests against the Iraq war inspired her to produce a play in Chinese about Martin Luther King, Jr. Directed by Caitrin’s father, ABC war correspondent and filmmaker Kevin McKiernan, the film succeeds as a daughter-father story about two very driven, idealistic people trying to navigate both the international world of politics and the perhaps even more complicated world of their own hearts and relationships. Ultimately, Caitrin is able to produce her play on King, but she is forced to redefine her success as she learns that language proficiency alone does not guarantee that two cultures will understand each other. Caitrin also confronts her father on camera with the charge he is suffering from posttraumatic stress from his coverage of the war in Iraq, with unexpected results. Theirs is an ambitious, spirited journey with no easy answers or tidy ending. - Russ Spencer
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