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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), celebrating its 10th anniversary and taking place December 5-13, 2013, revealed the complete lineup of films screening in the festival’s competition and sidebar sections.  This year, the Festival will showcase 108 films from 32 different countries, including four features of which are world premieres and all Bahamian premieres.  Andrew Melby’s and Reggie Henderson’s drama “BAHAMIAN SON” has been selected as this year’s Opening Night Film and will kick off the Festival on December 5th, while Travolta Cooper’s documentary “THE BLACK MOSES” will have the honor of closing the 10th edition of the Festival on December 13th.

“BAHAMIAN SON” stars Constance Anderson (“Prodigal,” “Profile of a Killer,” “Gods’ Green Earth”), Fatima Cocci (“Gods’ Green Earth”) and Leah Eneas (“Beneath the Blue”). The film is based on true events, from the life of the film’s writer Reggie Henderson. The story follows Kevin as he sets out to find his father, whom he hasn’t seen in more than thirty years. During his journey, Kevin examines his own life and the family he has built for himself, during his childhood, having growns up in the projects of North Minneapolis. After Kevin tracks down his father, he travels to The Bahamas to meet him. What happens in The, opens Kevin’s eyes to a world and a history he never knew existed. It is also another test of Kevin’s beliefs regarding family, loyalty, and what it means to be a son, a father, and a man.

THE BLACK MOSESTHE BLACK MOSES

Written and directed by Travolta Cooper (“Founding Fathers: Sir Stafford Sands” “A Miami Trail”), “THE BLACK MOSES” takes a look at Was L.O Pindling, first black Prime Minister of The Bahamas, one of history’s greatest national Liberators, or was he one of history’s greatest national Drug Dealers? The film follows the popular folk ‘moses mythology’ as it was manifested through the life and times of Sir Lynden Pindling. It focuses on L.O Pindling as he sets on a course to bring about social, political, and economic revolution to the British Bahama Islands. The film features Golden Globe nominee Dennis Haysbert (“The Unit,” “24,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) as Black Moses and commentary from the 18th Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney, civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, and many others.

The official BIFF feature lineup is comprised of the following films:

SPIRIT OF FREEDOM (NARRATIVE)
9 FULL MOONS (USA) / Director: Tomer Algamor
A PLACE ON EARTH – Une Place Sur La Terre (France) / Director: Fabienne Godet
BRAHMIN BULLS (India) / Director: Mahesh Pailoor
HOME (USA) / Director: Jono Oliver
SIDDHARTH (India) / Director: Richie Mehta
VIVA BELARUS (Poland) Director: Krzysztof Lukaszewicz
WHEN I SAW YOU- Lamma Shoftak (Jordan)  Director: Annemarie Jacir

SPIRIT OF FREEDOM (DOCUMENTARY)
CAST THE FIRST STONE (USA) / Director: Nicolas Cuellar
FINDING HILLYWOOD  (Rwanda, USA) / Director: Leah Warshawski
FLY BY LIGHT (USA) / Director: Ellie Walton
GARIFUNA IN PERIL (Honduras) / Director: Ali Allie
ISOLATED (USA, Indonesia) Director: Geoff Clark, Justin Le Pera
SILENT MUSIC (Antigua, Barbuda, USA) Director: Melissa Gomez
THE LAST SAFARI (Kenya, USA) Director:  Matt Goldman
TWO: THE STORY OF ROMAN & NYRO (USA) Director: Heather Winters

NEW VISIONS
CALLOUSED HANDS (USA) / Director: Jesse Quinones
ONE SMALL HITCH (USA) / Director: John Burgess
SAL (Argentina, Chile) / Director: Diego Rougier 
SIBERIA, MONAMOUR (Russia) / Director: Slava Ross
TARIF NA SPASENIE (Russia) / Director: Georgiy Soldatov
THE LONG DRIVE HOME (USA) / Director: William Tyler
TRUST, GREED, BULLETS & BOURBON (USA) / Director: Scott Kawczynski
TUTTI GIU (Switzerland) / Director: Niccolo Castelli

PANORAMA NARRATIVE
SOME VELVET MORNING (USA) / Director: Neil LaBute
I’LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN (Canada) / Director: Richie Mehta
NEARLYWEDS (USA) / Director: Marc Griffiths
HANK AND ASHA (USA), / Director: Bryan Pick
VINO VERITAS (USA) / Director: Sara Knight
KARAOKE GIRL (Thailand) / Director: Visra Vichit-Vadakan
LAST LOOK (USA) / Director: Hernando Bansuelo
MURDER IN THE DARK (USA, Italy) / Director: Dagen Merrill
NAI RIVER (China) / Director: Bin Luo
SIDE BY SIDE (UK) / Director: Arthur Landon
GOLDEN MESH – FIOS DE OVOS (Brazil) / Director: Maíra Bühler, Matias Mariani

PANORAMA DOCUMENTARY
BROTHERS HYPNOTIC – MUSIC (USA) / Director: Reuben Atlas
HAITI THE EARTH (Haiti, Belgium) / Director: Jean-Claude Riga
SANCTITY OF SANCTUARY (USA) / Director: Blis Hanousek DeVault
TALES OF THE ORGAN TRADE (Canada) / Director: Ric Esther Bienstock
WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL (USA) / Director: Ben Nabors
ROUGHCUT (Greece) / Director: Eliana Abravanel
BAYOU MAHARAJAH: JAMES BOOKER (USA) / Director: Lily Keber
COMEDY WARRIORS – COMEDY (USA) / Director: John Wager
CONTRARIAN – MR. TEMPLETON  (USA, Bahamas) / Director: Mary Mazzio

CHINESE SPOTLIGHT
CAUGHT IN THE WEB (China) / Director: Kaige Chen
FENG SHUI  (China) / Director: Jing Wang
PAINTED SKIN: THE RESURRECTION (China)  / Director: Wuershan

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