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The Fair Trade 
57 minutes
Director: Lauralee Farrer
Year: 2007
Country: U.S.A.
Fri 6:20 pm RUSH , Sat 3:20 pm RUSH , Sun 9:50 am RUSH

Tamara Johnston McMahon is devastated by the tragic death of her fiance and makes a bargain with God to postpone suicide in exchange for a meaningful life. She quits her job at Dreamworks, her twin sister Shelby quits her job teaching art history, and they join forces with brother-in-law Steven to spend their days making soap for their start-up fair trade skincare company Anti-Body.

Now a successful fair trade entrepreneur, Tamara becomes an activist for human rights and social justice causes, but despair over her loss remains unabated for several years. As she nears the deadline of her bargain, a trip to Africa allows her to visit the fair trade co-op from which Anti-Body buys its organic shea butter. There, she finds a surprising answer to what is required of her in exchange for a sustainable life.

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7,500 Miles to Redemption 
30 minutes
Director: Emiko Omori
Year: 2007
Country: U.S.A.

Guitarist, Tinh Mahoney, shares his dream with several inmates at a maximum security prison to build schools in the village of his birth, Phan Thiet, Vietnam. Intrigued by the project, three Oregon State Penitentiary inmates spearhead a fundraising campaign inside the prison. Their four-year journey examines the power of the human spirit and of finding redemption through a selfless act of kindness. This small story about stumbling into salvation by means of an unlikely path is a surprise not only to the audience, but also to the inmates themselves.

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