“Beyond the Call” to Air on PBS

Beyond the Call, a film by Adrian Belic

It gives me immense pleasure to announce that Adrian Belic’s brilliant documentary, Beyond the Call, will air nationwide across the U.S. tonight, 23 January, on the award-winning PBS series “Independent Lens.” Check your local PBS station for the exact time in your area.

Beyond the Call tells the story of three intrepid middle-aged men, former soldiers and modern-day knights, traveling the world to deliver life-saving humanitarian aid directly into the hands of civilians and doctors in some of the most dangerous (yet beautiful) places on Earth, the front lines of war. It’s a a Mother-Teresa-meets-Indiana-Jones adventure. And it is wonderful cinema.

The filmmaker, Adrian Belic, is a good friend and supremely gifted storyteller. When he and his brother finished their Sundance award winning, Academy Award nominated film Genghis Blues, Adrian happened upon Ed Artis, Jim Laws, and Walt Ratterman (also a friend) and wanted to bring their courage and compassion to the screen. He told his agent he was max’ing-out his credit card, heading to Afghanistan, and would have the film in the can in six months. Five years later, the audience has been gifted a film that cannot help but stir the soul.

All this is in keeping with Adrian’s mission: to make documentary films which make the world a smarter, more inspired, more hopeful place.

To learn more about the film, click on www.beyondthecallthemovie.com, an all-volunteer-made website courtesy of CharityFocus.

If you cannot catch the film on PBS, go ahead and order a DVD from the website. You will be supporting an excellent film and an excellent filmmaker.

If you are able to catch the film on PBS, leave a comment to let us know what you thought of it.

1 Response to ““Beyond the Call” to Air on PBS”

  1. 1 lalita 25 January 2007 at 6:16 am

    mark, thanks for this. i had actually planned to see this, but my brain was foggy and i forgot! i’m so bummed. also, i was at a gathering last week and adrian was there speaking. it was funny cause i don’t know him, and i didn’t realize he was the adrian belic and he really reminded me of you. then you send this announcement out and it all comes together: it’s all a cycle and we tread on the webs of interconnection ;)
    hope all is well in india!

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