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OUT & ABOUT - 'The Forgotten Kingdom' debuts in Alive Mind Cinema Series June 19

The transcendent experience of being one with nature is preserved in bronze and copper for your lasting enjoyment and contemplation.<br>  
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The transcendent experience of being one with nature is preserved in bronze and copper for your lasting enjoyment and contemplation.<br> Courtesy photo

SEDONA - The Sedona International Film Festival is continuing its Alive Mind Cinema Series with the one-night-only debut of the award-winning film "The Forgotten Kingdom" on Thursday, June 19. There will be two shows at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival's Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Atang Mokoeyna (mid-20s) is an unemployed, aimless young man who spends his days idling in the slums of Johannesburg. When his father dies, Atang must give up his selfish ways and fulfill his father's humble last wishes: to be buried in the rural, mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho, a place they left fifteen years earlier in hopes of a better life.

Atang feels like a stranger in the land of his birth, but finds an instant connection with one person: his childhood friend, Dineo. A beautiful and compassionate young woman, Dineo takes care of her younger sister, Nkoti, who is sick with HIV/AIDS. However, Dineo's tyrannical father thwarts their budding romance and relocates his family to a remote village where he can better hide his shame over Nkoti's illness.

Try as he might, Atang simply cannot get Dineo out of his mind. He befriends a precocious 11-year-old orphan boy, and together they make the arduous journey across the breathtaking, rugged mountains in order to find Dineo.

Winner of multiple Audience Choice Best of Fest awards from festivals around the country, "The Forgotten Kingdom" has been getting rave reviews from critics everywhere.

"The Forgotten Kingdom" is part of the Alive Mind Cinema Series, showing in theatres around the world. Alive Mind Cinema releases critically-acclaimed and transformative films that present the power of art and spirituality to transform how we see our world.

"The Forgotten Kingdom" will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre; tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Highway 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit:

2-day Flagstaff Chili Festival is Saturday and Sunday; beer festival is Saturday

FLAGSTAFF - The first day of the Flagstaff Chili Festival is the 31st annual Route 66 Regional Chili Cookoff, and the second day is the 43rd annual Arizona State Championship Chili Cookoff. Chili cooks from around the Southwest gather to cook and compete for a chance to qualify for the 48th World Championship Chili Cookoff to be held in October. Public tasting and voting for the Peoples Choice Chili winner will take place! Red Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa winners from each day will go to the World Championships.

The event will be June 14-15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 191 N. Thorpe Road in Flagstaff. Call 928-853-1161 for details. Cost is $3 for a tasting kit, with additional tastes for 50 cents apiece.

Also in Flagstaff - on Saturday, June 14 - is the Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival at the Pepsi Amphitheater, still in the Ft. Tuthill County Park. That event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. For more info, call 928-779-1775.

Work of noted sculptors showcased in weekend Bell Rock exhibit

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK - June 14-15 will be the final art and craft show at Bell Rock Plaza until August. There will be over 30 artists attending with quite a wide variety.

There will be metal sculpture, jewelry, paintings, lapidary work, soaps and spa products, Native flutes and music, olive oils and balsamic, clothing, pottery, rugs, aura photography and readings, crystals, and more.

Featured at the June show will be noted sculptors Richard Bell Smith and his wife, Blanca Borja de Smith. Their work is sure to strike a responsive chord among those who feel a special affinity for woodland.

Bell Rock Plaza is located on Highway 179 in the Village of Oak Creek, next door to the La Quinta Inn.

The show dates are Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15 from 10 to 5 each day. For more info, call (928) 284-9627 or visit

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