Humanité: The Beloved Community is Kirk Whalum’s new feature-length documentary that was made in conjunction with his latest CD project — Humanité.

The film features interviews and music from international artists that also appear on the CD.

Rising above poverty and civil rights issues and embracing compassion and creativity through music to create harmony in a diverse world are the themes of the film.

Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest fans will have the opportunity to view the Humanite: The Beloved Community.

The fest has made arrangements to screen the one-hour documentary on Saturday, August 14, in the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Amphitheater.

The screening will start at noon and is free to all fest fans.
“I am very appreciative that Berks fans will have the opportunity to view the film,” said Whalum. “It started as documenting me making a record in all these places. I started traveling rediscovering young artists from other countries. Some I had already encountered in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and India.

“Music is so global now, so the genesis of this project was to represent my contribution to the world. We can all collaborate across these boundaries, these self-imposed boundaries, whether it’s culture, race, economic, and for me, I want to go back and capture people I had encountered along the way.”

Film director Jim Hanon said: “I was captivated by Kirk Whalum’s personal journey, and how his message and art resonates with young musicians from all parts of the world who continue to struggle for equality. In our journey together, I saw a picture of what MLK described as the beloved community. It has been a privilege to bring that picture to a global audience.”

The new CD finds Whalum collaborating with musicians from Japan, Indonesia, South African, the United Kingdom and Kenya. The 14-song release offers an inspiring journey of cover songs and original compositions rooted in jazz, with elements of R&B, gospel and world music.

“The playing is from the heart.,” said Whalum. “It’s collaborating with these great artists that was so special. It represents 40 years of me trying to become a virtuoso on this instrument, so there’s a lot of playing on there that represents a lot of hard work.”

Following the film screening, Michael Tozzi and Kirk Whalum will discuss the film and take questions from the audiences.

After the post-film discussion, Whalum will join Keiko Matsui on stage for their 2:00 p.m. concert in the DoubleTree grand ballroom.