NCMA Cinema: Theirs Is the Kingdom

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Theirs Is the Kingdom (2021). Directed by Christopher Zaluski, 60 min., NR

This film follows the creation of a contemporary mural inside a church in Asheville and examines the intersection of poverty and portraiture. The Haywood Street Beatitudes fresco, painted by Christopher Holt, immortalizes those on the margins. This is a painting not of the rich and powerful but of people battling homelessness, addiction, and mental illness. By following the project from first sketch to final unveiling, the viewer witnesses the difficulties of this ancient art technique while also meeting an ensemble cast of complex characters. The NCMA’s 2020—21 exhibition Christopher Holt: Contemporary Frescoes/Faith and Community featured drawings and studies from this project.

A discussion and Q and A with the filmmaker follow the screening.

Image: Film still from Theirs Is the Kingdom, courtesy of the filmmaker



Apr 30, 2022


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


$5 Members, youth 7—18, college students with ID (plus taxes and fees); $7 Nonmembers (plus taxes and fees)


East Building, SECU Auditorium

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Tickets go on sale February 11 at 10 am.
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