Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Multi-Cultural Movie Marathon; Ita[euro][TM]s Happening at Byron Bay and Features Premieres from Australia and around the World

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Multi-Cultural Movie Marathon; Ita[euro][TM]s Happening at Byron Bay and Features Premieres from Australia and around the World

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THE 7th Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF), which opened last night and runs until March 10, is presenting its biggest official selection of more than 220 cutting edge independent films (including 13 world premieres and a record 122 Australian premieres).

This yearas program represents 42 countries, making this yearas festival a multi-cultural movie marathon.

The line up of thought-provoking, inspiring and entertaining films ranges in topics from culture, human evolution, social issues and environmental sustainability, through to music, dance, surf, sexuality and even outer space.

Among the world premieres, highlights include Pharaoh vs the Egyptians, the debut documentary feature film from Australian-Egyptian comedian Akmal Saleh about the Arab Spring.

As the Dust Settles shares the Burning Man experience through five filmmakers who document their first time in the Black Rock Desert.

McDonald Masada follows one strange and fascinating man and his ukulele on a musical journey through Israel ato wake the world from its consumerist slumbera.

And American environmental documentary, Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm, is an account of one manas passion for nature and a call to living a sustainable life. Filmmakers from each of these films are attending the screenings.

There are too many fantastic happenings to mention here, but some of the special screening events include 11 animations and a collection of 10 short films by Young Australian filmmakers at the Family Friendly Shorts; an Experimental Showcase; the Going Underground selection with its edgier, more challenging films such as Compliance which has been described as the most controversial film of 2012; and Adults Only Shorts which includes Best Film nominee, A Twist in the Fabric of Space, from The Netherlands. …

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