Dreams of Hope

Dreams of Hope

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm

This film tells the story of a historic performance at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, more than 50 years after a hate crime there killed four African American girls.

An initiative called Violins of Hope contributed painstakingly restored musical instruments to the event, including violins recovered from Holocaust concentration camps, which serve as symbols of resilience in the face of hate, discrimination and racism. Dreams of Hope airs Monday, February 24, 2020 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Directed by David Macon and Dr. Henry Panion, III, and presented and distributed by American Public Television, Dreams of Hope will air on public television stations nationwide in February 2020 for Black History Month (check local listings for airdates). With a captivating storyline written by filmmaker David L. Macon, Dreams of Hope blends concert performance footage with behind-the-scenes interviews chronicling the event's preparation and reflecting on its significance. The program includes reflections by Richard Arrington, Jr., the first African-American Mayor of Birmingham; Jeffrey and Gail Bayer, co-chairs of Violins of Hope Birmingham; Chris Hamlin, former Pastor of 16th Street Baptist; Amnon and Assi Weinstein, founders of Violins of Hope; Dr. Henry Panion, III; violinist Caitlin Edwards; and Sallie Downs, who spearheaded the initiative to bring Violins of Hope to Birmingham.