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Newport Beach Film Festival selects film showcasing the Ethiopia mission work of Adventist Health International

Footsteps of the Unknown will be screened Sunday, April 23, at 1:30 p.m. in Newport Beach.
The adventurous and inspiring work of changing lives in Gimbie, Ethiopia, will be featured before an audience at the Newport Beach Film Festival when the Adventist Health International and Loma Linda University film Footsteps of the Unknown is screened there later this month.

In addition to being an official selection at the Newport Beach festival, Footsteps of the Unknown is also an official selection of the upcoming SONscreen Film Festival.

Filmed, directed, and edited by Loma Linda University’s Patricia Thio, publication editor/writer, office of University relations, Footsteps of the Unknown will be screened on Sunday, April 23, at 1:30 p.m. during the Newport Beach Film Festival at the 16th Annual Earth Day Celebration held at the Muth Interpretive Center—a conservation center on the bluff of Newport Bay—located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach.

The Newport Beach Film Festival global films are included in the Earth Day Celebration as well as live music, shark aquariums, and other events. All activities are free of charge.

Footsteps of the Unknown is a short documentary on the stories surrounding Gimbie Adventist Hospital. 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 United States 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.

The Newport Beach Film Festival is dedicated to blending the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking. With attendance of 30,000, the festival opened last year with the premiere of Oscar-winning film Crash. For more information about the Newport Beach Film Festival, visit its website at <www.newportbeachfilmfest.com>. For information about the 16th Annual Earth Day Celebration, go to <www.newportbay.org>.

The film is also an official selection of the SONscreen Film Festival, an annual gathering for Adventist and other Christian young adults who have a passion for using film and video for the purpose of creating timely, relevant productions for social awareness, outreach, and uplifting creative entertainment. Footsteps of the Unknown will be included in the professional showcase category of the festival, held April 20–22 in Simi Valley, California.

For more information regarding the SONscreen Film Festival, visit <www.sonscreen.info>.

TODAY news for Thursday, April 6, 2006