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ByDesign 2022 Desert Paradise (Paradijs in de Woestijn)
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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ByDesign 2022 Desert Paradise (Paradijs in de Woestijn)
In-person screening: Mar. 19 at 4:30pm

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

*** Public safety notice ***
NWFF patrons will be required to double-mask while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. To be admitted, patrons ages 5+ will also be required to present EITHER proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered within the last 48 hours by an official testing facility. Boosters are strongly recommended, though not required for entry.
NWFF is adapting to evolving recommendations to protect the public from COVID-19. Read more about their policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations at bit.ly/nwffcovidsafety

Ike Bertels
1h 27m
Festival - ByDesign Festival 2022 [Hybrid]

** US premiere! **
Located in the remote Namibian desert, the town of Oranjemund has long been reliant on opportunities provided by the local diamond mine, which for years has been the primary source of education, water, and job opportunities for the towns residents. With the mines impending closure, Oranjemunds diverse residents are left in limbo as they consider whether to stay or leave; adapt or give up.

Desert Paradise is a behind-the-scenes look at the complex bureaucracy that Oranjemund residents must navigate if they hope to assert their identity and create genuine independence for their village. The most committed among them take it upon themselves to try to fill the vacuum left by the mining company, fostering local economies in gardening and tourism in an effort to secure a better future for the town.

(Ike Bertels, Netherlands, 2020, 87 min, in Afrikaans, English & Occitan with English subtitles)


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
United States





Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum's ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject! If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Executive Director Vivian Hua at vivian@nwfilmforum.org

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