-->By Gloria Dulan-Wilson
Well Black History Month is in full swing. Activities abounding all over the US. And for those of you fortunate enough to live on the West Coast, especially in and around Southern California, the annual Pan African Film Festival will be featuring the creme de la creme in Black cinematography from February 5th through February 16th. This marks the 23rd year that this organization, established in 1992, has scoured the world to bring the best in Black films.
PAFF presents and showcases "the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. We believe film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times," according to their mission statement. They are a non-profit corporation "dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding among peoples of African descent. PAFF is dedicated to racial tolerance through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression."
It was co-founded in 1992 by Danny Glover, Ja'net DuBois and Ayuko Babu, who serves as Executive Director. It is the largest event during the Black History Month featuring more that 150 new films and over 100 fine artists and unique craft persons from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, South America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.
So if you're not there already, you might want to be there to avail yourself of one of this enduring, culture rich event!
Below are some of the events and their schedules. Enjoy!!
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Pan African Film & Arts Festival Newsletter
What's Playing February 5, 2015
PAFF ARTFESTTake a sneak peak at some of the artists that will exhibit at PAFF this year!
Painting by Aziz Diagne
Painting By D. Shannon Young
Wearable Art by Aziz Diouf
Painting by Nwachukwu Ike
Jewelry by Adrienne Locket
Painting by G-BabyThe Artfest is free to browse! Our talented and eclectic exhibition of artists have something for every taste and budget! Visitto see what artists will be exhibiting this year!
PAFF NEWSLatest Press Release
Hotel AccomodationsPAFF 2015 has teamed up with the Four Points by Sheraton LAX to bring our out-of-town guests special discounted rates! Click
PAFF 2015 EVENTSOpening Night*WEST COAST PREMIERE*"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution"(US/Documentary)Date: TONIGHT, February 5, 2015Time: 8pm, red carpet begins @ 6:30pmLocation: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw PlazaTickets: $100 (includes screening & after-party)Can't make tonight? Other Showtimes: Sat, 2/7 @ 8:30p; Sun, 2/15 @ 3:30pRelated Films that may interest you
"Black Panther Woman" (Australia/Short Documentary)Next Screening:Sat, 2/7 @ 5:35p
"Concerning Violence" (Denmark/Finland/Sweden/US/Documentary)Next Screening:Fri, 2/6 @ 8p (US/Documentary)Next Screening:Sat, 2/7 @ 6:55p
"Freeway: Crack in The System" (US/Documentary)Next Screening:Sat, 2/7 @ 7p & 7:20pPAFF Institute: Panels & WorkshopsSaturday, February 7
"Christianity on Trial in Film: Examining the Historical Credibility of Biblical Epics on the Big Screen."10a-12pA panel comprised of Christian apologists (intellectual defenders of the faith), biblical historians and Christian filmmakers will discuss the historical record behind Biblical epics such as "Noah," "Exodus" and the "Bible Miniseries" by examining the corresponding forensic, archeological and scientific evidence. Then, the audience will have an opportunity to put the credibility of the scriptures on trial through a Q&A session to determine for themselves whether these great epics are Fact, Fiction or Folklore.Panelists:Ralph Winter (Producer - "X-Men;" "Fantastic Four")Kevin Grevioux (Writer & Actor - "Underworld" and "I Frankenstein")Dr. David Talley (Chair Biblical & Theological Studies Old Testament Dept, Biola Univ.)Moderator: Daisy Lewellyn (TV personality)
"Meet the Producers"10a-12pPanelists will discuss what it takes to become a successful producer, getting your work in front of power brokers, and how to have staying power.Panelists:Clint Culpepper (Sony)Chris Gary (HBO)Tendo Nagenda (Disney)Moderator: TBA
CenterPiece*WORLD PREMIERE*"Triangle - Going to America (Sost Maezen)"(Ethiopia/Narrative)Immigration has been the topic of many recent news reports and headlines, including President Obama taking bold new steps to fix America's broken immigration system. Triangle-Going to America addresses this very issue. Each year, hundreds of Africans from Ethiopia, Eritrea and and throughout the African continent leave their countries to make the journey across the world with hope and dreams of coming to America. The film's characters Kaleab and Jemal are willing to endure any danger to reach America and the promise of a better life. Along the way Kaleab meets Winta, an Eritrean beauty who is also making the journey. Together, they travel an arduous and illegal path wrought with danger, exploitation and death from East and North Africa through Italy, Mexico and finally to the United States.Stars Solomon Bogale and Mahder Assefa, two of the most famous actors in Ethiopia, and Muluken Teshome, Samson Tadesse, and Selam Tesfayie. Stars Muluken Teshome, Solomon Bogale, Samson Tadesse, Selam Tesfayie, Mahder Aseefa.Director and cast members will be presentDate: February 12, 2015Time: 7pm, red carpet begins at 6pmLocation: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw PlazaTickets: $60 (includes screening & after-party featuring Ethiopian cuisine and live entertainment)Individual tickets for all screenings are available now at www.paff.org/tickets/. Select the date of the screening you're interested in and select the screening time in order to purchase tickets.Tickets and Passes are also available in the box office of the Rave Cinemas 15.
Established in 1992, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural and racial tolerance and understanding through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.
Now that you know, what are you going to do?
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