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Public, premiere screenings of’s forthcoming documentary, “The Disturbances,” will begin in September.

Six cities in five states are already on the schedule, with several more in the works.

The first public screening is on Sept. 8, 2016, at Christ Church Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee, from 9-11 a.m. It is intended for area clergy. Southern Baptist, Church of Christ and Catholic clergy have expressed interest in attending.

Christ Church identifies itself as “a three streams congregation, uniting the liturgical, evangelical and charismatic streams of the church into one unified expression of devotional and missional life.”

Subsequent screenings currently scheduled are:

Sept. 13: Trinity Baptist Church’s Tripoint Campus in San Antonio, Texas, from noon-2 p.m. The screening is designed for clergy.

Sept. 13: Trinity Baptist Church’s Main Campus, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. This premiere is open to the public.

Sept. 15: Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama.

Oct. 6: Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.

Oct. 7: Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega, Alabama, where retired Nigerian Baptist missionaries and their children hold an annual retreat.

Oct. 24: Hales Corner Lutheran Church in Hales Corner, Wisconsin. One of the documentary’s central interviewees, Carl Eisman, a church member, will participate in the screening.

The documentary shares a previously untold story about what Christians (missionaries and Nigerian pastors) witnessed and did during a time of tribal genocide.

The violence, the genocide, was frequently called “disturbances” in newspaper headlines, minutes, mission memos and family correspondence.

Both the term – and the shorthand symbol for “disturbances” found in missionary minutes about the events of 1966 – convey tension, unrest, disruption and mystery.

Missionaries and missionary children with the Assemblies of God, Christian Reformed Church, Church of the Brethren, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Southern Baptist Convention, Sudan Interior Mission and Sudan United Mission have shared their experiences for the first time.

“The Disturbances” is both horrifying and inspiring. It is a story of ruin and redemption, blood and boldness, denial and dedication, guilt and goodness.

It will deepen the understanding in churches about the gritty nature of mission work and foster a positive spirit in the larger culture about the contribution of missionaries for the common good.

While it’s a remarkable story about missionaries, it is a story from which those outside the Christian community could benefit, learning more about the authentic nature of the missionary enterprise.

Additional information about the documentary and a schedule of screenings are available at and via the film’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

Contact staff if you are interested in hosting a screening in your church.

Robert Parham
Executive Editor, Documentary Producer

Cliff Vaughn
Media Producer, Documentary Producer

Zach Dawes
Managing Editor

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