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Bringing King to China is the bittersweet story of Caitrin, a young American teacher in Beijing, whose failed protests against the Iraq war drive her to produce a play in China about Martin... See full summary »

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Bringing King to China is the bittersweet story of Caitrin, a young American teacher in Beijing, whose failed protests against the Iraq war drive her to produce a play in China about Martin Luther King, Jr. Early in the film she mistakenly learns that her father (the filmmaker) has been killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq. Vowing to show the world 'the positive face of America", she sets out to raise $200,000, hires the most prestigious theater troupe in China, and stages a play in Chinese with African American gospel singers. But her efforts to translate Dr. King's vision of global peace to a Chinese audience turn rocky in the face of cultural obstacles and soured relationships. In the end, the protagonist produces a popular play but is forced to re-define her success, as she learns that language proficiency alone does not guarantee that two cultures will understand each other. Caitrin finally repairs a strained friendship with her beloved Beijing assistant, while confronting her ... Written by Maggie Butte

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