Nearly two years ago, the Seattle-based Sentinel Group came to Manchester to begin documenting a transformation.
"I've had the privilege of filming all over the world for several decades, and I have to say this has been the most enjoyable of every project I've ever been involved with," said George Otis Jr., the film's producer.
The theme that Otis and his crew are highlighting in the film is one of redemption...Manchester's journey from drugs and corruption to hope.
"Everybody's got a story, and fortunately the Lord just chose us for this part," said Steve Collett, a Manchester resident.
"A lot of people have criticized Clay County in the past, for being so corrupt, or so this or that way. But the story of Manchester is a long story. And yes we've had times of corruption, but God's turned that around. And now this is the story of the city of hope," said the Pastor of Manchester Baptist Church, Ken Bolin.
The Christian Broadcasting Network World News was there... Along with people across the country.
"We've been familiar with some of the other videos and documentaries that George Otis Jr. and his ministry have put together. But this is the first one inside of the United States, and we've anticipated this for years," said Rick Curry, a Ministor living in Pensacola, FL.
Curry grew up in nearby Madison county, and made the trip in for the weekend to visit family as well. Some just came to receive inspiration.
"Hope. It's kind of intangible but I believe that there's a lot of hope that's made available through Southeastern Kentucky and where my wife and I are going to India, hope is very needed. So we want to take that fire of hope from here to there," said missionary Larry Walters.
Appalachian Dawn will be shown again Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Community Church in Manchester.
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