'14 Days' Documentary Premieres In Payson

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The questions that universally people ask themselves from time to time -- What is family? What is freedom? What do you have to say to the next generation?

The answers to those questions are the subject matter of a recent documentary film, "The Face of Freedom: 14 Days in Great Britain." The questions were asked of people from all walks of life.

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David Gibbons, left, creator of "The Fourteen Days Project," interviews one of his documentary subjects, a woman from Inverness.

Sawmill Theatres will host the first U.S. screening of the film, free to the public, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.

"The Face of Freedom" is the brainchild of David Gibbons who, after Sept. 11, 2001, wanted to create a project that would promote tolerance around the world.

Britain is the second of a 10-location project.

The United States was the first.

Russia is next, with plans to film in other countries including China and parts of South America.

Clinton Chatfield, a graduate of Payson High School, considers Payson his hometown.

So, when he was brought onto the project, first as a boom operator and now as a director of photography and a junior partner, he wanted people here to share the experience.

"I think a knowledge of other people and cultures is one of the most important things in the world, because it really erases any kind of ignorance that you can have," Chatfield said.

"It is easy to stereotype different people by color or religion or whatever it is, but when you get to know somebody, it changes."

The management of Sawmill Theaters was happy to premiere the film in Payson.

My boss wanted to do whatever he could to get the film out to the public, said Bonnie Weigand, manager of Sawmill Theatres.

Chatfield will be at the screening to answer questions after the film. It is possible that Gibbons and the film's editor will be there as well.

DVDs are being replicated and will be available later in October at the Payson Public Library and the Payson Music Store.

The Web site for the project is www.thefaceoffreedom.com.

Premiere of "The Face of Freedom: 14 Days in Great Britain."

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21

Where: Sawmill Theatres

Cost: Free

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