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Documentary Film Festival: Bombay Beach

June 23, 2014

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Epiphany Library

 Bombay Beach , Not rated, 80 min, 2011

Bombay Beach is one of the poorest communities in southern California located on the shores of the Salton Sea, a man-made sea stranded in the middle of the Colorado desert that was once a beautiful vacation destination for the privileged and is now a pool of dead fish. Film director Alma Har'el tells the story of three protagonists. The trials of Benny Parrish, a young boy diagnosed with bipolar disorder, CeeJay Thompson, a black teenager who hopes to avoid the same fate of his cousin who was murdered by an LA gang; and Red, an ancient survivor, once an oil field worker, living on the fumes of whiskey, cigarettes and an irrepressible love of life.

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Defined as a film that presents a factual record, the documentary has long been a method for people to bring their stories and that of others to the forefront of our society. For this reason Epiphany will be hosting a month long look at some great documentaries old and new and celebrating the varied experiences they present.