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Sacred Stages: A Church, A Theatre, and A Story

Directed, Edited, and Produced by Malik Gillani & Jamil Khoury

Sacred Stages: A Church, A Theatre, and A Story (28min, 37sec), tells the unique and inspiring story of the relationship between the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple—Chicago's oldest Christian congregation—and Silk Road Rising, a theatre company founded in response to 9/11 that showcases playwrights of Asian and Middle Eastern backgrounds.

A shared commitment to storytelling, racial and economic justice, and LGBT inclusion characterizes this profound partnership between a religious community and a secular theatre.

Includes interviews with: Rev. Philip Blackwell, Malik Gillani, Cheryl Hamada, Jann Ingmire, Jamil Khoury, Rev. Claude King, Michael Leech, Jonni Miklos, Adriana Sevahn Nichols, Megha Ralapati, David Rhee, and Brenda Russell.

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Directed, Edited, and Produced by
Malik Gillani & Jamil Khoury

Digital Imaging Technician
Deann Baker

Directors of Photography
Stephen Combs
Deann Baker

Script Consultant
Jon Steinhagen

Production Managers
Caitlin Duerinck
Corey Pond

Music Composer
Peter J .Storms