*Los Angeles – All roads lead to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and adjacent RAVE Theatres. This destination serves as the launch pad for a global journey through various countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Belgium, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, and last but not least, the United States.
This visual journey through cinema has global appeal that will open the minds of audiences, and transport them to lands far away and back home again… without enduring jetlag and without ever packing a suitcase. The festival travels from February 6-17, 2014.
The Opening Night Celebration occurred on Thursday, February 6, 2014. A light rain, drizzle or mist couldn’t dampen the spirit, or the resolve of several dozen celebrities, filmmakers and film jurors from attending this incredible 12-day marathon of offerings from around the Diaspora.
Charles S. Dutton, Jahmil X. T. Qubeka, Kenny Latimore, CCH Pounder, Ja’net DuBois (PAFF Co-Founder), Loretta Devine, Isaiah Washington and his wife Jenisa, Leon, Kristof St. John, Jennifer Lewis and Vanessa Bell Calloway. These were just a few of the many celebrities to grace the Red Carpet to the delight of the assembled Media corp.
The Opening Night Movie was “Of Good Report”- a modern-day classic example of film noir and a notable milestone in African Cinema. This controversial film directed by Jahmil X. T. Qubeka was initially banned in South Africa.
Before the screening of the Opening Night Film, PAFF honored prolific, award winning actor/director Charles S. Dutton with the 2014 PAFF Lifetime Achievement Award.
Friday, February 7th, the festival reels kicked into high gear in grand style with a flurry of highly-anticipated films at PAFF, America’s largest and most prestigious Black Film Festival.
The ArtFest is held inside the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd. (at Crenshaw Blvd). The ArtFest features two levels of unique paintings, sculptures, ceramics, fashion, jewelry, and other marvelous African artifacts.
A captivated audience listened to royalty during a Saturday night highlight. 2014 PAFF Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Charles S. Dutton held court in a discussion about his life entitled “From Jail to Yale.”
You still have an amazing opportunity to join us anywhere on our present journey. The Pan African Film and Arts Festival has something for the entire family. Families can enjoy the StudentFest and Saturday Morning Children’s Festival. The Young at Heart Crowd (62+ years) can enjoy the popular Senior Connections. Young adults enjoyed the Spoken WordFest.
PAFF will also feature Panels and Workshops (2014 PAFF Film Institute), New Media Fest, Funny Truths, Fashion Show, PAFF LOL, Fox Soul Cinema. Visit www.paff.org for more information about the festival and daily updates.
Established in 1992, The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding among people of African descent. PAFF is dedicated to racial tolerance through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.
PAFF’s goal: to present and showcase the broad spectrum of creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. PAFF 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.
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