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There’s already a corpus of documentaries about Palestinians and nonviolent resistance (Budrus, 5 Broken Cameras), so a film like Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine has its work cut out for it. The hook here is a Palestinian-led tour of a play about MLK featuring a small American gospel choir. The singers’ emotional reactions to reality in the West Bank (including a watershed moment of tragic violence) chew up a lot of screen time, but the real drama comes when playwright Clayborne Carson reckons with the local director’s drastic reconfiguring of the script to make it more digestible to Palestinians. Theater about a political giant can be difficult (see: Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, about the choreographer’s Abraham Lincoln show), but the tension here isn’t about MLK, his message, or whether Palestinians can embrace nonviolence. It’s about making art in a tough place, and when it comes to that theme, Al Helm only goes so deep.