by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
Documentary of Community Overcoming Drugs at Keith Albee

In Part from Filmmakers Release

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – A documentary about one community’s drug problem improvement after 63 churches and 3,500 people marched declaring their desperation for God will be shown at 12 noon, March 8 at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center.

The Huntington showing of “Appalachian Dawn” is hosted by Mission Tri-State (a 40 church coalition in the Ashland/Huntington area) and Mayor Kim Wolfe’s office.

Produced by The Sentinel Group, “An Appalachian Dawn” explains how local churches and residents have united through prayer and a common goal to fight back against drugs and corruption, and how this movement has made a dramatic change to their image.

The lives of a former drug addict and a notorious drug dealer, both of whom found salvation and a reason for living because of their community’s actions, are chronicled in the movie.

“This film is relevant to every community across America – rural or urban, small town or large city,” said Karen Kelly, director of the regional anti-drug initiative Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education). “It is a thought-provoking, emotional story documenting how citizens from all faiths can, with a collective voice, successfully confront any challenge.”

Isolated in the heartland of Appalachia, the city of Manchester seemed the unlikeliest place for societal breakthrough to occur. Clay County was the sixth poorest in the nation and part of a region dubbed the “Painkiller Capital of America.”

In May 2004, however, faced with escalating problems from substance abuse and corrupt public officials, 63 churches and 3,500 people marched through town publicly declaring their desperation. Turning their prayers into action, community members joined forces with the then-new UNITE organization and have transformed Manchester into the “City of Hope.”

The Sentinel Group, headquartered in Lynnwood, Washington, is a Christian research and information agency comprised of cutting-edge researchers, filmmakers and ministers dedicated to helping enable communities to discover the pathway to genuine spiritual revival and societal transformation.