Award-Winning Film "Ben & Ara" Screens at NYC & LA Film Festivals

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[Entertainment: Film]

On October 22nd, award-winning film ‘Ben & Ara’ will screen at the 19th Annual Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series in New York:

On the same day, the film will also have a Los Angeles screening at the 11th Annual LA Femme Film Festival:

"Ben & Ara" tells the story of a Muslim woman and an agnostic man who fall in love but are challenged by conflicting philosophical and cultural differences.

The film has been screened at over 50 international film festivals and has won over 20 awards including the prestigious African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) which took place in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The film is also the recipient of the Best Narrative Feature Award from the Reel Sisters Film Festival.

"Ben & Ara" stars Joseph Baird (King Cobra), Constance Ejuma (Proof), Q'Orianka Kilcher (The New World), Akuyoe Graham (American Pie), Michael Chieffo (LA Confidential) and William Mark McCullough (Mercy Street). The film was recently acquired for distribution by Vision Films and will be released domestically in February 2017. For more information about "Ben & Ara" visit

Founded in 1997 by African Voices Magazine and LIU Brooklyn, Reel Sisters is the first Brooklyn-based festival devoted to female filmmakers of color and has enriched the city with more than 900 films by women of African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, Indian, and Native American descent.

The festival has influenced other media organizations to launch initiatives that help Black women gain access to directing jobs in Hollywood and bring independent film projects to life. For more information visit:

Founded in 2005, the LA Femme International Film Festival focuses on highlighting and enhancing the role of women behind the camera as Directors, Producers, and Writers. The goal of the festival is to promote films “By Women for Everyone.”

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Based in Sherman Oaks, CA, Vision Films was founded in 1997. An independent worldwide Distributor of Feature Films, Documentary Specials, Series, Music and Reality Programming, the company represents some of the most prolific independent film producers in the world.

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CONTACT: Constance Ejuma
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