ESM Productions served as Executive Producer of the Dalai Lama’s historic first visit to the American South. In conjunction with this visit, the City of Birmingham hosted the event Freedom Forward: Human Rights Week, which consisted of events and discussions highlighting the City’s civil rights history while encouraging attendees to look toward the future. “Beyond Belief,” a discussion between prominent religious figures from different faiths about religious differences and commonalities, took place in the Alabama Theater. At “An Afternoon with the Dalai Lama at Regions Field,” the Dalai Lama addressed the City on the topic of human rights. Following the address was a concert featuring musical artists accompanied by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.