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‘Improbable story’ of humanitarian worker in Afghanistan to broadcast on ABC-TV
Mennonite Church Canada/MennoMedia joint release
Harrisonburg, Va., and Waterloo, Ont.—Weaving Life: The Life and Death of Peacemaker Dan Terry will air on network TV from Sunday, October 21 to December 16, 2012, at the discretion of participating ABC stations.
Weaving Life tells how Dan Terry, a United Methodist who worked with numerous Mennonites through the years, wove relationships, joy, partnership, and understanding into his lifelong work in Afghanistan. Terry, 64, was among 10 humanitarian aid workers assassinated in Afghanistan in August 2010.
Going against the grain of almost all conventional wisdom, the documentary shows how Terry set out to build bridges where “everyone else was blowing them up,” says production consultant and storyteller Jonathan Larson. “He spans the chasms of suspicion, religious hatred and outright warfare, with patient bonds of trust and openness.”
The production of this film was also a weaving together of opportunity, timing, and willing student production workers through Eastern Mennonite University’s visual and communication arts students who worked on the documentary during the spring 2012 semester and first showed it during EMU’s graduation weekend in April.
MennoMedia, which produces documentaries through participation in the Electronic Programming Committee of the National Council of Churches, worked with EMU intern Justin Roth to complete the documentary to meet ABC-TV specifications for airing this fall.
To find out which ABC stations are planning to air the documentary, check http://www.interfaithbroadcasting.com/vv.aspx. For information on encouraging a local ABC station to use the program, call Sheri Hartzler, electronic programming director at MennoMedia at 540-574-4487.
MennoMedia is a ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.
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Book cover, DVD cover, Jonathan photo, two production photos from EMU