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FilmDayton to work with HBO on “They Killed Sister Dorothy” screening

HBO is working with several local organizations to put on a Dayton premiere of its new documentary about the slaying of Sister Dorothy Stang in the Brazilian rain forests — a politically charged, emotional case that has captivated people in the Miami Valley who know the Dayton native and followed her work in South America.

Director Daniel Junge wanted his film, “They Killed Sister Dorothy,” to play in Dayton before it broadcasts on HBO in late March. It’s narrated by Martin Sheen.

HBO is working with FilmDayton, a new organization promoting film culture and economic development, to present a premiere screening of the film at the Dayton Art Institute on March 19. HBO sent a three-person scouting team to Dayton Friday to take an advance look at venues and meet with FilmDayton representatives to work out plans.

The screening will be free, but you’ll have to RSVP in advance by calling a special number at HBO in New York. Stay tuned on details about where to call to do that.

The DAI auditorium holds 500, and expect a sellout crowd. A private VIP reception will be held before the evening screening, and a Q&A with director Junge and other members of the filmmaking team will occur right after.

It should be a special night for the many people in Dayton who admired Sister Dorothy, and who have followed the harrowing twists and turns of her case as it’s gone through the Brazilian courts. Junge’s film has won a basketful of awards already, and is all by accounts a remarkable picture.

We can’t wait to see it here.

From Brain Droppings Blog on the DDN
By Ron Rollins | Saturday, February 7, 2009, 08:15 AM

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One Response to “FilmDayton to work with HBO on “They Killed Sister Dorothy” screening”

  1. tg says:

    This was a great film. I never followed the story closely while it was developing, but it’s an amazing one. To think the “Angel of the Amazon” is from Dayton, Ohio – and is considered an icon by international scientists studying climate change is simply amazing.

    You owe it to yourself to watch this on HBO.