THE 23RD ANNUAL PAN AFRICAN FILM AND ART FESTIVAL
Celebrating the achievements of African filmmakers and artists from around the world, the Pan African Film and Art Festival (PAFF) will continue through February 16th, and is expected to draw more than 35,000 people to the Crenshaw district. The twelve-day event began its history at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw in 1996 when it hosted the festival as part of its Celebration of African American Heritage Event. This year, the festival will include screenings of over 125 films at the RAVE Cinemas and several community forums, as well as an African arts and crafts festival featuring the work of more than 100 artisans, including jewelry, fashion, fine art, artifacts and quilts. As part of the festival, more than 6,000 students from across Los Angeles County and their teachers will participate in the annual StudentFest, engaging in discussions about the intersection of film and important societal issues, such as literacy, racial respect and gang prevention.
This year’s featured films will include the West Coast premiere of the documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution on opening night; the world premiere of the Ethiopian film Triangle- Going to America; and the world premiere of The Man in 3B on the festival’s closing night. These highly-anticipated films will be followed by red-carpet receptions on the BHC Bridge, 2nd floor. A detailed listing of all screenings and events is available at www.paff.org, where tickets are also available for purchase.