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Bombay Beach

Director • Alma Har'el

Country • USA

Year • 2011

Duration • 80min

The songs of Beirut and Bob Dylan anchor this madly inventive hybrid film about three misfits living in a Californian desert ghost town.

Bombay Beach is one of the poorest communities in southern California located on the shores of the Salton Sea, a man-made sea stranded in the middle of the Colorado desert that was once a beautiful vacation destination for the privileged and is now a pool of dead fish. The documentary follows the story of three protagonists. The trials of Benny Parrish, a young boy diagnosed with bipolar disorder whose troubled soul and vivid imagination create both suffering and joy for him and his complex and loving family; CeeJay Thompson, a black teenager and aspiring football player who has taken refuge in Bombay Beach hoping to avoid the same fate of his cousin who was murdered by a gang of youths in Los Angeles; and that of Red, an ancient survivor, once an oil field worker, living on the fumes of whiskey, cigarettes and an irrepressible love of life.

Their narrations are interweaved with stylised video portraits of the Colorado desert and the community living in Bombay Beach set to music by Bob Dylan; and choreographed dance scenes scored by musician Zach Condon.

BOMBAY BEACH screens as part of the MOONSHINE CINEMA series at Shebeen.

Shebeen is a non-profit bar that sources beer and wine from the developing world. The profit from each drink sold goes back to an aid project in that drink’s country of origin. Moonshine Cinema is a program of films that celebrate Shebeen’s launch. A place where moonshiners can gather for good times and goodwill hooch.

The pre-feature program includes shorts and music videos from local filmmakers plus a video work co-presented with Channels (the Australian Video Art Festival).


“Bombay Beach is a beautiful, quirky, and ultimately very moving film about the American Dream as it teeters on the edge of a desert sea.”

–Terry Gilliam