Scientology Network’s DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE, the weekly series providing a platform for Independent filmmakers to air films on important social, cultural and environmental issues, presents the award-winning documentary Humanité, the Beloved Community on July 7, 2023.
DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Scientology Network.
Humanité, the Beloved Community centers on legendary jazz artist Kirk Whalum as he brings together the talents of incredible musicians from nearly a dozen countries to reflect the Beloved Community as preached by Martin Luther King Jr.
Directed by Jim Hanon, Humanité, the Beloved Community is woven from the words, stories and original melodies of a diverse cast of artists as they channel the ethos of civil rights in a raw and compassionate bid for global harmony. From his segregated childhood to a renowned figure in the global music scene, Kirk Whalum brings a profound contribution to the struggle for human rights.
Born in Memphis, veteran saxophonist Kirk Whalum has drawn inspiration from the rich musical traditions of that city. He gained acclaim for his cross-pollinated sound, drawing comparisons to artists like John Coltrane and Grover Washington Jr. His musical accomplishments have brought him a total of 12 Grammy nominations and a win for “It’s What I Do” in the Best Gospel Song category.
Jim Hanon is an award-winning narrative and documentary filmmaker who has filmed on every continent but Antarctica. With an extensive background in illustration, art directing and advertising, Jim was Vice President of Leo Burnett in Chicago before transitioning to a more community-driven street cinema style of filmmaking. He is the writer/director of the Crystal Heart Award-winning theatrical release End of the Spear, as well as several international documentaries.
In an interview with Scientology Network for DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE, Jim expounded on his venture into filmmaking:
“I never got into filmmaking because I wanted to be a filmmaker. I became a filmmaker because I saw the art form being so diverse.... I felt like it’s one of the most powerful medias for shaping culture.”
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DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE debuts films weekly from award-winning Independent filmmakers whose goal is to improve society by raising awareness of social, cultural and environmental issues.
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