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An Atlanta cable TV station will air’s new documentary on prisons and faith in May.

“Through the Door”, a documentary highlighting the faith community’s engagement with prisons, will premiere on Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (AIB) at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8. Encore presentations will follow.

Atlanta is the ninth largest TV market in the country, according to Nielsen.

AIB reaches 1.3 million homes in the metro-Atlanta area via Comcast Cable (channel 5) and AT&T U-Verse (channel 6).

AIB’s encore presentations of the documentary will run: 9 p.m. May 9; 12 p.m. May 12; 7 p.m. May 13; and 10:30 p.m. May 15.

“Through the Door” chronicles what faith communities are doing on the prison front by featuring stories in Nashville, Tenn.; Richmond, Va.; Huntsville, Texas; and Carlisle, Ind.

It also features an interview with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, which was conducted at the Carter Center in Atlanta.

“We are grateful for the partnership with AIB,” said Robert Parham, executive editor of and executive director of its parent organization, the Baptist Center for Ethics.

“Through the Door” explores some of the dynamics driving incarceration and offers stories of hope from the faith community’s involvement with those in prison and returning to society,” he said. “This is one issue where houses of faith make a measurable difference for the common good.”

AIB will air the version of the documentary that runs 28 minutes.

The documentary’s longer version runs 53 minutes and is designed for a four-week study in houses of faith.

Both versions are available now for purchase on a single DVD. A free downloadable study guide is also available and arranged in conjunction with the documentary’s four chapters: The Issues, the Bible, the People and the Hope.

This is not the first time films have appeared on AIB. Three other documentaries ran on AIB between January and March 2012: “Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims,” “Gospel Without Borders” and “Sacred Texts, Social Duty.”

Begun in 1969, AIB programs content 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Its community partners include the Carter Center, the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, and the United Way.

AIB began streaming its programs in 2006 and offering video on demand a year later.

Alan Culpepper, a Baptist and dean of McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, is vice chair of AIB’s board.

DVDs of “Through the Door” may be ordered directly from at It is also screening in church and community forums across the country.

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