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The Pan African Film Festival Announces Films in Competition

LOS ANGELES – In this busy awards season, and it’s only fitting that the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) announces its films in competition. Winding down the festival with the closer, “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” directed by Shola Lynch, the documentary is one of many in the running for Best Documentary Feature Length.

PAFF, America's largest and most prestigious international Black film festival is taking place February 7-18, 2013 at the new Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. (The theatre is situated on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Marlton Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard)

This year, PAFF has selected a total of 154 films, representing 34 countries -- that is, 23 documentaries, 13 short documentaries, 67 narrative features, and 51 narrative shorts. The festival will hand out prizes for Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, Best Narrative Feature, and Best First Feature Film, as well as audience favorite awards at the close of the festival. The awards will be given out on today during a filmmakers brunch, located at the “pop up” PAFF Lounge in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall.

Again this year, PAFF will take its movie goers on a cinematic journey with screenings from around the world – that is, such countries as the United Kingdom, Canada, Guadeloupe, Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and of course, the United States. PAFF hopes these films with global appeal will open the minds of its audiences, and transport them to lands far away and back home again … without ever packing a suitcase.

For more information about the official selections of the Pan African Film Festival, visit the festival’s website at: http://www.paff.org/filmfest/films/
Here’s a look at the other films in competition:

BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE

Home Again (Canada / Narrative Feature / 102min) -- directed by Sudz Suthrland. On the most fundamental level, Home Again asks the question, "How would you survive?" A story based in fact, the script was inspired by the practice of various governments to deport incarcerated landed immigrants to rid itself of unwanted population. The issue is a particularly difficult problem in Jamaica where the deportee population outnumbers the prison population by seven times; where there are little to no resources to help deportees establish new lives, and where the deportees are largely blamed for the serious violence that rocks the country. Jamaica has the third highest per capita murder rate in the world.

How to Steal 2 Million (South Africa / Narrative Feature / 88min)  -- directed by Charlie Vundla. After five years in prison, Jack is released only to discover that his loyalty to his ex-partner-in-crime has been rewarded with betrayal, a jarring blow that leads him down criminal paths in pursuit of one last lucrative heist in this South African noir thriller. Twala, his best friend and co-conspirator on past heists managed to escape arrest on their last job, while Jack ended up imprisoned. When Jack gets out, he learns that Twala has married his former fiancée. Trying to go legit and start a construction business, Jack gets turned down for a loan, which causes him to be pulled back into the game in order to get funding. Twala suggests they do one more home invasion robbery with a take worth two million South African Rand. But this last heist proves to be rife with complicated double-crosses and personal landmines. Intricately plotted, yet focused primarily on Jack’s troubled mind, this is a slow-burn heist movie that resonates with strong performances and classic noir ambience.Winner of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing-2012 African Movie Academy Awards.

La Playa D.C. (Colombia/Brazil/France / Narrative Feature / 90min)  -- directed by Juan Andrés Arango Garcia. When their father is killed in the seaside town of Buenaventura, three Afro-Columbian brothers flee the civil war and land in the capital Bogotá. But in this city of exclusion and racism the effects of the displacement are always present. Their mother’s new boyfriend kicks them out one-by-one and they each must fend for themselves. The focus is on the middle brother Tomas who refuses to become yet another victim of his rough social environment. The fraternal bond is strong, yet it is tested as Tomas sees his younger brother Jairo and older brother Chaco disappearing into drugs and petty crime, the route he is trying to avoid. He first tries his hand at cleaning hubcaps, then finds a place for his creative talent- and possibly his way out- working as an apprentice in a barbershop, creating “tropas,” the elaborate and fanciful hair designs popular with young Afro-Colombian men. Under the amusingly stern eye of his barbershop mentors, Tomas keeps tabs on his wayward siblings. But when his younger brother goes missing, Tomas hits the winding and worn streets of Bogotá exposing the uncertainty and fragility of life in the vibrant and unstable city which eventually forces him to face his past and set aside the influence of his brothers to find his own identity. Tomas ultimately finds himself standing on the threshold between what once was and what might be. Enhanced by a powerful hip hop soundtrack that authenticates its social realism, this story surprisingly turns out to be one of hope and affirmation. An official selection of Un Certain Regard, 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Otelo Burning (South Africa / Narrative Feature / 72min) – directed by Sara Blecher . Set in 1989, when the fight against apartheid is at its peak, three black South African boys escape their township lives through surfing. Otelo, his best friend New Year, and his brother Ntwe visit their new friend, Tau Modise, and discover something in the waves for which everyone is fighting: freedom. Becoming stars on the surfing circuit, the close friends initially bond through their mutual antagonism of the white establishment, but soon their competitiveness and especially Otelo’s romantic interest in New Year’s sister Dezi will breed unavoidable conflict. This rich and emotional narrative powerfully resonates teenage male rivalry, love, politics, hard choices and some incredible surfing.  Includes music from South African Hip Hop artist Reason.

Stones in the Sun (Haiti/US / Narrative Feature / 95min) – directed by Patricia Benoit. In the midst of increasing political violence in their homeland, the lives of three pairs of Haitian refugees intersect in 1980s New York City. A haunted young woman struggling to forget the atrocities she's experienced reunites with her husband in Brooklyn, where he barely scrapes by as a livery cab driver. A single mother striving for assimilation in a tony Long Island suburb takes in her sister, a teacher and political activist who is unable to reconcile their violent youth with her sister's seemingly banal lifestyle. And a newly married man, the host of a popular anti-government radio show, finds his estranged father (a recently ousted military leader) on his doorstep, desperate for shelter. Now, they all must confront the disturbing truth of their pasts, as we slowly learn the history of their interlocked lives.

Things Never Said (US / Narrative Feature / 111min) – directed by Charles Murray. Kalindra Stepney is an emerging spoken-word poetess, someone who willingly speaks her thoughts, but she's an artist who has yet to find her voice. A native of California, Kal has dreams of taking her poems to New York and the infamous Nuyorican Café stage. Haunted by a miscarriage and saddled with Ronnie, a husband who's angry and without direction - he uses his fists as a form of speech - Kal tries desperately to find an outlet for her struggling voice. Adding to her distress is best friend and poet compatriot Daphne, also grappling with love liabilities. Her boyfriend Steve is a lout who willfully and regularly takes advantage. Kal doesn't approve. These scenarios, coupled with the surprise and uncertainty of new love Curtis Jackson, hit Kal where she's most vulnerable. Just as she helps Curtis with unchallenged perceptions about a past relationship and his estranged young daughter, Curtis' influence leads Kal to dig deeper, to find her voice, confidence and sense of self-worth.

 
BEST DIRECTOR FIRST FEATURE

alaskaLand (US / Narrative Feature / 76min) --  directed by Chinonye Chukwu. Chukwuma, an Alaskan-raised Nigerian struggles to balance the expectations of his traditional Nigerian parents and the larger world around him. After his parents are killed in a tragic car crash, Chukwuma is separated from his younger sister, Chidinma, who moves to Nigeria with their Uncle until she becomes of legal age. After two years, the siblings reconnect to find their estrangement has created new personal and cultural frictions in ways that bring them closer to each other and their roots, as well as help them define what it means to be a Nigerian in Alaska.

Homecoming (US / Narrative Feature / 95min) – directed by Eugene  Ashe. A funny, poignant story of a group of 30-somethings, successful in their own individual ways, who had attended the historically Black college Haywood University in Washington DC. Hill Hadley, now a professor at Haywood, has married his college sweetheart Leslie, and they went so far as to buy and renovate the old dorm house, known as "Eleanor" where they all lived in while students. Hill decided it would be fun to invite their old college friends back to Haywood for Homecoming Weekend. The friends, Deena Scott, now a successful Hollywood TV writer; Dr. Barrett Wallingford, a successful psychiatrist; and, Abby Long, a social worker in the hood, return for what is supposed to be a care-free weekend of fun and an opportunity to rekindle relationships. But there was a sixth member of the group, Robert who recently died penniless and in prison. When Abby asks everyone to chip in to give Robert a proper burial, it sparks memories with secrets that require the friends not just to bury a friend, but to also bury the past.

Let Clay Be Clay (US / Narrative Feature / 90min)  -- directed by Darryl McCane.Her daughter was a "good girl" who got involved with the wrong friends. She was graduating from high school and had been accepted to the State university where she was going to study journalism. But because she refused to go along with the reckless and self-destructive "partying" her friends wanted to engage in, she was shot and killed. The police never arrested anyone for her slaying. Although there were witnesses to the crime, no one came forward with information and the murdered girl's case became one of thousands of unsolved murders. Twenty-years after her daughter's death, a still grieving mother has not given up on bringing those she believes to be responsible for her murder to justice.

Nairobi Half Life (Germany/Kenya / Narrative Feature / 96min) – directed by David 'Tosh' Gitonga.

A young aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming a success in the big city. In pursuit of this and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi: the city of opportunity. He quickly understands why Nairobi is nicknamed Nairobbery as he is robbed of all his money and belongings and left alone in a city where he doesn't know a soul. Luck, or the lack of it, brings him face to face with two groups of downtown crooks and he forms a friendship with a young small-time gang leader who takes him in. He is quickly drawn into a new world of theft and violence, even as he still tries to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. Keeping the two worlds separate proves to be a contest for him as he struggles to survive in this unknown world called Nairobi. Winner Audience Favorite Award – AFIFest 2012

Wolf (US / Narrative Feature / 86min) – directed by Ya'Ke. A family is shaken to its core when they discover that a trusted pastor has molested their son. As they struggle to deal with the betrayal, their son heads towards a total mental collapse because of his love for his abuser.  In the meantime, the pastor tries to exorcise his demons. An intimate and heart-wrenching look into the lives of the individuals behind the headlines.

Zamora (Tanzania / Narrative Feature / 96min) – directed by Shams Bhanji. 'Zamora' is much more than a Swahili love story.....it is an evolution of one man's hidden desires, and his quest to find true love. Filmed against a backdrop of the mystical and mythological world of Zanzibar, the story revolves around Zamora. a vain artist/womanizer on a voyage of self discovery. Filled with romantic connotations about the spice island, he meets a beautiful Omani woman who mesmerizes and inspires him to buy a dhow to have a comfortable life in Paradise. Zamora’s passion for the unknown, a reckless adventurous lifestyle and a sordid past lands him in nightmarish situations. Through three separate emotionally charged relationships. (Zulfa, Saada and Zareena) he almost becomes a victim of the confrontation between the good and the evil. Zulfa stands for innocent love spiced with traditional restrictions. Saada stands for the mystical, magical and unconditioned side of the African psyche. Zareena stands for power and obsession and its immoral implications. The film explores the adaptive nature of the African spirit with all its consequent pros and cons.

 
BEST DOCUMENTARY | FEATURE LENGTH

Babe's and Ricky's Inn (US / Documentary / 90min) – directed byRamin Niami. For over fifty years, Laura Mae Gross (Mama Laura), an African American woman from Mississippi, brought musicians together, regardless of race, age, or gender, in a place where only the music mattered. Originally located on legendary Central Ave in South Central Los Angeles, Mama Laura created a place where masters such as Johnny Lee Hooker, BB King, Albert King, and others shared the stage with newcomers in an open, creative, and safe environment. Mama Laura acted as a teacher of the blues whose charm and forceful character was the underlying reason why Babe's and Ricky's Inn was one of the world’s most successful and oldest Blues clubs. Featuring original music and stunning guitar performances by some of today’s most important blues artists, musicians also share their life experiences, personal stories about what it means to devote your life to music and of course their memories of Mama Laura. Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn is a stunning celebration of the art, creativity, virtuosity and passion of what became a Temple to one of Black America’s musical gifts to the world---the Blues!

Charles Lloyd: Arrows into Infinity (US / Documentary / 118min) – directed by Dorothy Darr and Jeffery Morse. Charles Lloyd was one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 1960s. His music crossed traditional boundaries and explored new territories. By his early 30s he burned out and disappeared into a life of seclusion in Big Sur. Through contemporary and archival film and candid commentary from the jazz, rock, art and literary worlds we come to better understand this enigmatic man and his spiritual pursuit. Musicians Jack DeJohnette, Jason Moran, Geri Allen, John Densmore, Herbie Hancock, Robbie Robertson, writer Stanley Crouch, producers Don Was, Michael Cuscuna and Manfred Eicher relate their perosnal and professional experiences with Lloyd. But it is Lloyd's personal voice that is the most poignant and illuminating. Filled with music and insight, this is a thoroughly enjoyable MUST SEE for jazz fans.

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (US-France/Documentary/101min) -- directed by Shola Lynch. In this historical vérité style documentary, marking the 40th anniversary of her acquittal on charges of murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy, Angela Davis recounts the politics and actions that branded her a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide movement for her freedom as a political prisoner. At its core, the story wrestles with the meaning of political freedom in a democracy negotiated between the people and its government. The sixties and seventies were all about citizens challenging authority, or as the slogan went – “Power to the People!”  Strong, attractive, and engaging, Angela Davis is one such person who became a symbol at the center of this still relevant power struggle. “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” is executive produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith along with Roc Nation’s Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, joining forces to bolster and assist with final funding of the documentary.

Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (US / Documentary / 90min) – directed by Jorge Hinojosa. An examination of the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of 7 groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of Street Lit and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail and have made him a cultural icon for some. Interviews with Iceberg Slim, Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, Bill Duke, Quincy Jones, Gary Philips, Todd Boyd and Odie Hawkins.

Mugabe: Villain or Hero? (UK / Documentary / 116min) directed by Roy Agyemang. Is there more to President Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe than is being shown on our television screens?  What’s the true extent of Mugabe’s support inside Zimbabwe? What has happened to the country that they all called the bread basket of Africa – and why? These questions and more led British filmmaker Roy Agyemang on a journey to Zimbabwe to make a documentary about President Robert Mugabe. What started out as a three-month mission turned into three life-changing years, culminating in a rare interview with one of the world’s longest-serving yet most reviled leaders. Mugabe: Villain or Hero? Is an epic personal journey, narrated by Agyemang who, together with his UK-based Zimbabwean fixer, found themselves in Mugabe’s entourage, on Colonel Gaddafi’s private jet and around a host of prominent African leaders.

Songs of Redemption (Jamaica / Documentary / 74min)  -- directed by Miquel Galofré and Amanda Sans.In the General Penitentiary in Kingston, Jamaica, the inmates have no toilets, beds or other basic necessities. What they do have is a very visionary Superintendent, an incredible social activist from the Italian consulate and some donated skill-building resources that include an internal radio station and music-recording studio where the wardens and the inmates create music together. This outlet has changed the prison atmosphere from being a very violent place to the restoration of self-worth and respect resulting in a dramatic desire to give back constructively to society. The young inmates who tell their story were raised under the worst of circumstances. Songs of Redemption is a stream of consciousness as told by young inmates who have been accused of various levels of crime. They tell their stories but what is most impressive is the raw emotion that comes forward as well as an obvious renewed sense of being human that puts these youngsters on a path to prevent other youth from ending up in the same situation−Sista Irie.

Uprising (Egypt/US / Documentary / 85min) – directed by Fredrik Stanton. Produced by an Academy Award-winning team including the Executive Producer of Taxi to the Dark Side and the Editor of Inside Job, UPRISING tells the inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers, including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees. Their success in forcing the downfall of a brutal dictatorship has changed the face of the Middle East and provided hope for millions of oppressed people across the world. Above all, it is a story of profound hope, of courage rewarded, of a people who beat back a police state and threw off the shackles of decades of degradation and oppression.


BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Africa: The Beat (Tanzania/Spain / Documentary / 60min) --  directed by Samaki Wanne Collective.

Based on research carried by Polo Vallejo, "Africa: The Beat" was filmed in Nzali, an enclave situated in the heart of Tanzania where the Wagogo live. Theirs is a unique musical universe. From the film's first frame to the last sound heard, each image takes us further into their daily reality while their music gradually engulfs us in a world of surprising sensations. Day and night, the passage of time and the seasons, nature and the elements, water, the importance of the word and the stories, the stages of life... all of this emerges from a pulsation around which every instant of existence is articulated. Filmed with rudimentary technical means, "Africa: The Beat" conjoins the perspective of a painter, the vision of a filmmaker and the sensibilities of two musicians. It does away with the concept of the voice-over, which conditions and invades the spectator's senses. Instead, the film permits the spectator to experience his or her own emotions, and bear witness to the essential place music occupies in life.

African Drum, Beyond the Beat (South Africa/United Kingdom/Benin/ Burkina Faso/Ghana/Togo / Documentary / 48min) – directed byTariq Richards. An impressionist portrait of the various social functions of the drum in West African society. The film uses a famous ode to the African drum to demonstrate its pervasive role in society over time. The drum's social functions range from use in work songs, to communication, to religious rituals, to one of its more contemporary uses, by fans at football games. 'African Drum, Beyond the Beat' takes a special interest in the conception and nature of rhythm and, in dance, the inter-dependent relationship between the drummer and dancer by exploring the effects of drum rhythms on both. It also looks at the different elements required for manufacturing a drum, from the physical to the social. The film ends with a postulate that the democratic nature of African music, where instruments in an ensemble are equally important, makes it a paradigm for the modern age compared to Western classical music, where strict hierarchical structures reflect an outdated mechanistic view of the world.

Even Me (US / Short Documentary / 24min) – directed byMegan Ebor. Even Me confronts the overwhelming crisis of HIV/AIDS among older adults 50+. Defying the myth that HIV/AIDS is a gay or young person's disease, this revealing documentary depicts the devastating impact of this epidemic on the heterosexual older adult population and communities of color. These brave men and women speak candidly about their experiences, sexual history and HIV status and help to uncover the misconceptions about aging, sexuality and HIV/AIDS.

Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964 (US / Short Documentary / 58min) – directed byAlvelyn Sanders. As college freshmen, women in the class of 1964 at Spelman College participated in the largest coordinated series of civil rights protests in Atlanta's history. As young women, these willing souls were some of the foot soldiers who carried the Atlanta student movement through relentless picketing, sit-ins, kneel-ins, and other non-violent demonstrations. Their bold activism helped change Atlanta and the world.

Sifuna Okwethu: We Want What's Ours (South Africa/US / Short Documentary / 19min)  -- directed by Bernadette Atuahene. When bulldozers rumbled through the compound of the Ndolila family in 1973, flattening houses and razing crops, the family elders were confronted with the scourge of South African apartheid. Almost 30 years later, with their descendants still trying to regain ownership of their ancestral land, the family is still battling apartheid and its lingering effects. In 1994, the government promised the Ndolila family and millions of others whose land was stolen that they would get it back or get something comparable in exchange. They are still waiting. For the Ndolilas and millions like them, the main obstacle is one that most people don't think of. The people who now own their ancestral land are a group of middle-class black mortgage holders who paid for this stolen land fair and square. In this context, what is justice?

 
BEST SHORT NARRATIVE

A Good Catholic Girl (Uganda / Narrative Short / 26min) – directed by Matt Bish. Amina is attracted to a young Catholic man in her neighborhood and this does not go down well with her father. With mixed emotions, she goes out of her way to find her only true love despite her father's pre-arranged marriage to another man.

Barbasol (US / Narrative Short / 22min) – directed by Ralph Scott. A man desires to bond with his elderly father when he realizes he is running out of time due to his father's increasing dementia. What he comes to realize is he needs to now turn his attention to his own son before it is too late.

Busted on Brigham Lane (US / Narrative Short / 20min) – directed by Talibah Newman.

A young teenage girl takes precariously creative measures to reconcile her relationship with her estranged father for her 18th birthday and discovers that he is not the same man she remembers.

Collegians, The (US / Narrative Short / 18min) – directed by Bryan B.A. Lewis. A swinging drama based on the story of trumpet legend Erskine Hawkins and his college bandmates, who must play their hearts out to save their school.

Crossover (US / Narrative Short / 19min) – directed byTina Mabry. In a future where schools are segregated by economic status, a struggling mother must decide whether to sell her own organs to give her childrean a better education.

Fish (Canada/Trinidad & Tobago/US / Narrative Short / 15min) – directed by Shaun Escayg.Two homeless cousins desperately try to survive the streets of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Thieves, by street credit, they routinely hunt the local market in search of unsuspecting shoppers but times are getting harder and the pickings slim.

Nostalgia (US / Narrative Short / 16min) – directed by Johnnie Hobbs III. A coming-of-old story about an aging entertainer whose inability to let go of the past affects his present life and relationship with his son.

Our Rhineland (US / Narrative Short / 16min) – directed by Faren Humes.In 1937, under the Third Reich, Germans of mixed race were located, identified and sent to clinics where they underwent forced sterilization. This is the story of two sisters who fought back.

Prophetess, The (Burkina Faso/US / Narrative Short / 11min)  -- directed by Rea Rangaka. A young boy is sent by his ailing mother to the village shrew on a 'holy' mission. A little diversion onto the soccer field, however, leaves him in the daunting position of having to return empty handed.

Salay (Sierra Leone / Narrative Short / 44min) – directed by Ali Kamanda.Desperate to escape her circumstances of cultural pressures and poverty, 18-year-old Salay is intent on getting an education and carving out her own path in life. She is willing to risk leaving behind everything she knows in her father's Sierra Leonean village. A visit from her long-lost, wealthy uncle provides her with the opportunity she's been waiting for when he offers her a place in his city home and access to a good education at his expense. With little knowledge of her “businessman” uncle, what seems a perfect opportunity may turn into a nightmare.

Sweet, Sweet Country (US / Narrative Short / 18min) – directed by Dehanza Rogers. Living in a small Southern town, 20 year-old refugee Ndizeye struggles to support not only herself, but the family she left behind in a Kenyan refugee camp. Her struggle becomes so much more when her family literally shows up at her doorstep.

Trial of Ben Barry, The (US / Narrative Short / 33min) – directed by Shea E. Butler. An estranged son, in and out of prison for twenty years but now a changed man, returns home to help his elderly father confront and face up to the mistakes of his past - including the killing of a voter's rights organizer 35 years earlier - leading to both men's reconciliation, redemption and salvation. Stars Richard Roundtree and Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival is an official event of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa's Celebration of African American Heritage Month. PAFF is sponsored by  Union Bank; Macy's; Wells Fargo Bank; General Motors; Sony Pictures, CareMore; Water Replenishment District of Southern California; South African Airways; the National Film and Video Foundation; One Village; Addco Party Rentals; TestFlick; O.N.E. Coconut Water; Dama Tequila and Mascarade Liqueur; the Department of Cultural Affairs, the City of Los Angeles; the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; as well as Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (Second District) and Los Angeles City Council members Bernard C. Parks (District 8), Jan Perry (District 9), and council president Herb J. Wesson Jr. (District 10).

 
ABOUT THE PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), is America's largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Each year, it screens more than 150 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country.

 

PAFF was founded in 1992  by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona  in the tv series, “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an  international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs.  PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expression.

 

The goal of  PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes 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.

 

For more information, please visit www.paff.org or call (310) 337-4737.



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