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Pan African Film and Arts Festival

by Ricky Ricardo (writer), Los Angeles, February 22, 2007

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Los Angeles-The 15th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival was held from February 9-February 19, 2007.
The PAFF presented ten days of “QUALITY” films that represented the African Diaspora. The PAFF is the largest international Black film festival in the United States showcasing over 170 films from the United Kingdom, Nigeria, South Africa, Mali, Trinidad, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Morocco, France, Germany, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Canada, Cuba, New Zealand, Senegal, Switzerland, Algeria, Belgium and more.
I am fortunate that I could experience the Pan African Film and Arts Festival each year in Los Angeles. Every day of the festival I saw at least one movie and the weekends two or more films. One of these days I will take a vacation during the PAFF so that I can see more movies.
There were several movies that I saw that stood out for several reasons:
Music- “Found Sounds of Bahia”- this movie was a very colorful movie about recycling discarded items and making musical instruments to form a band.
“Jazz In Us-( Nosotros y el Jazz) was another great movies about a group of Cubans who enjoy getting together to listen to and dance to jazz music.
“Missing Miles”-short film about jazz legend Miles Davis and “The Cole Nobody Knows- short film about vocalist/pianist Freddie Cole, the brother of Nat King Cole and the uncle of Natalie Cole.
Forgiveness and redemption-Several movies had this theme whereby people learn and grow from the mistakes in their lives who are giving a second chance in life.
These films consisted of “Mokili”, “Heartlines”, and “The Rebel (La Rebelle).
Family was also a running theme prevalent throughout the film festival. I concluded my experience at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival viewing “Bab’ Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Own Soul” and “No.2” with Ruby Dee serving as matriarch of a large Fijian Family.
The PAFF Fashion Show produced by Karimu presented fashions and accessories that were available for purchase at the 2007 PAFF Art Market.
A special screening of the movie “Cuttin’ Da Mustard” featured some of the celebrities answering questions and posing for photographs for the media for the Red Carpet Arrivals.
The festival concluded with a closing awards ceremony to announce the winners of the 2007 Pan African Film and Arts Festival.
“Our filmmakers continue to illuminate the complex narratives that are the story of African people,” says festival director and founder Ayuko Babu. “The Pan African Film and Arts Festival is the only festival in the United States to give African and African Americans filmmakers a voice to tell our stories in our voice and we congratulate all of our filmmakers.”
FESTIVAL VISION AWARD-A Goat’s Tail-directed by Julius Amedume
JURY PRIZE FOR BEST SHORT-Beyond The Pretty Door-directed by Bobby Boermans
JURY PRIZE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY-Have You Heard From Johannesburg?-directed by Connie Field
Honorable Mention-Carmen and Geoffrey-directed by Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob
JURY PRIZE FOR BEST FEATURE-Zaina: Rider of the Atlas-directed by Bourlem Guerdjou
JURY PRIZE FOR BEST DIRECTOR FIRST FEATURE-Somebodies-directed by Hadjii
THE JURY FAVORITE AWARD- Shoot The Messenger-directed by Ngozi Onwurah
THE PAFF AUDIENFE CHOICE AWARD- Salud- directed by Connie Field
THE FESTIVAL CHOICE AWARD- Cuttin’ Da Mustard- directed by Reed McCants
THE FESTIVAL CHOICE AWARD/BEST DOCUMENTARY- My Nappy Roots: A Journey Trough Black Hair-itage-directed by Regina Kimball and jay Bluemke
THE PAFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS CHOICE AWARD- Daratt- directed by Mahamat-Salem Haroun and Fly Like Mercury-directed by Harry J.Lennix
Honorable Mention-Lost Heritage-directed by Christian Lara
Rag Tag-directed by Adaora Nwandeau
Hurricane in The Rose Garden-directed by Ime Etuk
The Minority-directed by Dwayne Buckle
Going into its 16th year, PAFF is the largest Black History Month event in the United States. The PAFF is dedicated to the promotion of cultural and racial tolerance and understanding through the exhibition of film, art and creative expressions.
The 2007 PAFF is sponsored by: AMC Theatres, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Union Bank of California, Target, South African Airways, Starbucks, Urban Coffee Opportunities, Our Weekly Newspaper, The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Macy’s, Toyota, Operation Hope, The African Channel, Eurweb.com and Courvoisier.
The 2007 Atlanta PAFF will take place July 20-29, 2007. The 2008 PAFF will take place in Los Angeles, February 7-18. Visit www.paff.org for more information.
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Ricky Ricardo is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By V on February 22, 2007 at 03:46 pm
What a shame I missed this. Thank you for letting us know about this great event!
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