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Benny-Demus Movie "Island Song" Selected for 2013 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF)

Benny-Demus Movie “Island Song” Selected for Screening at The 21st Annual – The Pan African Film & Arts Festival 2013 (PAFF), in LA from Feb 7th-18th. Benny-Demus would like to thank Dwayne Boyd for all he has taught him in the over 5yrs he’s studied at his Actor’s Class (Premiere Actors Network).

Established in 1992, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural and racial tolerance and understanding through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.

PAFF Mission:

It is PAFF’s goal to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes. We believe film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

Each year, PAFF presents:

* Over One Hundred Fifty (150) quality films from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.

* One of America’s largest fine art shows featuring prominent and emerging Black artists and fine crafts people, including local, national and international poets, musicians and storytellers.

Benny-Demus Charater:
ZERAI- a mystical dark, handsome island warrior with a rich voice.

Movie Synopsis:
Superstar Los Angeles D. J., Maurice Manning journeys to the mystical Virgin Islands to find himself caught up in a dark, criminal underworld of payola and illegal contraband. It’s a harrowing trip that rips him out of his self-absorption toward redemption. Believing he is in control of his world, Maurice uncovers the dark figures pulling the strings of his career. Through his mission to locate a pirate broadcaster hidden in the rainforest, he learns that something far more sinister is going on. His target, the mythic and elusive figure known only as Zerai, a prophet, poet and warrior, whose life-long goal is to keep the islands safe. It’s Zerai that teaches Maurice humility and charity. For the first time in his life, he also learns what it means to truly love a woman and to feel selfless concern and compassion for humanity. Maurice learns this lesson in a life and death struggle, when he discovers that he was used by his boss, not just to find Zerai, his new mentor and benefactor, but to set the island mystic up to be brutally murdered. With Zerai’s death, Maurice discovers to his horror how he has been manipulated, and how this effects his relationship with the beautiful island woman, Sheba, that he’s come to love. The revenge he wreaks upon the criminals may not save his heart, but perhaps, will save his soul.

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