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AHI/LLU documentary will be screened at Brilliant Light International Film Festival

�Footsteps of the Unknown� will screen at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, one of the first movie studios in California, located across the street from Paramount Studios.
“Footsteps of the Unknown” will screen at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, one of the first movie studios in California, located across the street from Paramount Studios.
The Adventist Health International (AHI) and Loma Linda University short documentary “Footsteps of the Unknown” will screen at the upcoming Brilliant Light International Film Festival next weekend.

The film will be shown at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood in the Fairbanks Theatre, located at 5300 Melrose Avenue, across the street from Paramount Studios. Sunday, March 4, showtime is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to see “Footsteps of the Unknown,” as well as a feature documentary at the festival.

The LLU and AHI film received the audience award for short films from the Newport Beach Film Festival last spring, and was awarded honorable mention for short documentaries at the Ole Muddy Film Festival this past fall in Wisconsin. The film also had an Australian premiere at the Heart of Gold International Film Festival in October and was nominated for the mayor’s award.

The 27-minute documentary follows the footsteps of those who make Gimbie Adventist Hospital, in Ethiopia, a part of their life.

In the western highlands of Ethiopia, the beautiful village of Gimbie sits as a crossroads of hope and despair. It is a place where children are often orphaned or abandoned, a place where people strive to live through desperate situations. But despite difficult conditions, they aspire to live life to its fullest. Volunteers at Gimbie Adventist Hospital support the locals’ ambitious nature.

Chandra and Charlie Baier, an American couple, initially came to Gimbie right after their honeymoon to help run the hospital for a short time. The plan: three months in Ethiopia, then back to the USA to get “real” jobs. The reality: three years of adventure, new culture, and unexpected love.

Joining the Baiers are Sisters Suzy and Maty, compassionate and rugged nuns from Ecuador, and Penny, a charming midwife from London. Hop into their off-road vehicles and step onto a path of challenge and hope with those who dedicate their lives to transforming pain and sadness into promise and possibility.

Brilliant Light International Film Festival of Los Angeles is committed to exhibiting projects that expand consciousness, develop awareness, shift paradigms, challenge the mind, inspire the imagination, awaken the spirit, and illuminate the soul.

The event starts February 28 and continues until March 4, located at Raleigh Studios Hollywood, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, 90038. For more information you may visit <www.brilliantlightfest.com>.

By Patricia Thio

TODAY news for Thursday, February 26, 2007