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AHI, LLU film about Ethiopia to screen at Temecula Valley International Film Festival

�Footsteps of the Unknown� recently won Honorable Mention for Short Doc-umentary at the Ole Muddy Film Festival.
“Footsteps of the Unknown” recently won Honorable Mention for Short Doc-umentary at the Ole Muddy Film Festival. It is also nominated for the Mayor’s Award for the upcoming Heart of Gold International Film Festival in Australia.
“Footsteps of the Unknown” will screen at the upcoming Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival that takes place September 13 to 17. In addition, the LLU and Adventist Health International short documentary was awarded Honorable Mention for Short Documentary at the Ole Muddy Film Festival this past weekend in Arcadia, Wisconsin.

The film will also have an Australian premiere at the Heart of Gold International Film Festival in Gympie, Queensland, on October 28.

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

“The people I met there are absolutely amazing,” shares Patricia Thio, special projects editor, LLU, and the filmmaker. “Most of the locals are content survivors, thriving in poverty and hope. Those involved with the hospital chose to trade their lives back home for a life in Gimbie to add whatever hope they can to the locals. They spend everyday to help better others. It is there where I followed the footsteps of these unknown survivors, unknown heroes.”

In the western highlands of Ethiopia, the beautiful village of Gimbie sits as a crossroad 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.

For more information about the Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival, visit www.tviff.com. To learn more about the Heart of Gold International Film Festival, go to www.heartofgold.com.au.

TODAY news for Thursday, September 14, 2006