“Father’s Kingdom” Selected  for Big Sky Film Festival

“Father’s Kingdom” Selected for Big Sky Film Festival

Father’s Kingdom, the MAJ Productions documentary that was called “One of DOC NYC’s best,” has just been selected for the 2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. "It’s so exciting to be selected by Big Sky,” says Lenny Feinberg, the film’s...

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A Divine American Christmas

A Divine American Christmas

Since 1977, Father Divine’s International Peace Mission Movement has celebrated “American Christmas” on Dec. 19. It was the date on which Mother Divine became a naturalized American citizen during a public ceremony at Valley Forge Park. Though the former Edna Rose...

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The Civil Rights Leader You’ve Never Heard Of

The Civil Rights Leader You’ve Never Heard Of

Father M.J. Divine’s role as a forerunner of the Civil Rights Movement is often overlooked and even dismissed. Although he’d been actively working toward racial integration and harmony long beforehand, the Harlem Riot of 1935 seems to have served as a catalyst. As at...

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Father Divine’s Kingdom of Heavens on Earth

Father Divine’s Kingdom of Heavens on Earth

At its peak during the Great Depression, the International Peace Mission Movement had about 150 centers, called “Heavens,” spread across the globe, with the majority based in America.

Each Heaven was established as a desegregated communal living facility — a haven for anyone seeking food, work, shelter, and Father Divine’s spiritual teachings.

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The Divine Mystery

The Divine Mystery

When Father Divine died on Sept. 10, 1965, members of the press were not admitted to Woodmont, home of the International Peace Mission movement in Gladwyne, Pa.

Throngs of faithful gathered there to pay their respects. News media stationed outside the gates interviewed followers. “What kind of person was he?” reporter Trudy Haynes asks one of the followers, a white man. “Well, he was different from anything that you could have ever come in contact with,” he replied.

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‘Father’s Kingdom’ to Debut at 2017 DOC NYC Film Festival

‘Father’s Kingdom’ to Debut at 2017 DOC NYC Film Festival

“Father’s Kingdom,” the new documentary by MAJ Productions, has been selected to make its world premiere at the 2017 DOC NYC film festival, which runs from Nov. 9-16.

The film explores the groundbreaking work of International Peace Mission founder Father M.J. Divine, whose religious movement boasted more than a million followers during its heyday: the Great Depression.

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