For the 26th year, the Pan African Film Festival returns to Los Angeles, Febru-ary 8-19. Over 150 feature and short films in the categories of narrative and documentary will be screened during the 12-day festival at the Cinemark 15 Baldwin Hills Crenshaw. The event also includes a Saturday Morning Chil-dren’s Festival, Student Fest, PAFF LOL Comedy, Spoken Word Fest, PAFF Fashion Show, Filmmakers’ Awards Brunch and Art Fest.
PAFF’s Art Fest has one hundred (100) fine artists and unique craft persons from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, South America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada.
PAFF’s Opening Night will feature the romantic comedy, “Love Jacked,” di-rected by Alfons Adetuyl. The film stars Amber Stevens-West, Shamier Ander-son, Keith David and Mike Epps. A father is shocked when his headstrong daughter travels to Africa for inspiration and returns home with a fiancé who is not quite what he seems.
PAFF’s Spotlight films include “Behind the Movement,” “King of Stage: The Woody King, Jr. Story” and “Nothing like Thanksgiv-ing.” Behind the Movement, directed by Aric Avelino, is a unique and fast-paced retelling of how Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat launched the history-making, 381-day Montgomery bus boycott. King of Stage: The Woody King, Jr. Story, directed by Juney Smith, tells the story of legendary theatre producer Woodie King Jr., founder and producing director of the new Federal Theatre and the National Black Touring Circuit in New York City. Since 1970, King has presented over 200 productions in the New Federal Theatre’s 47 seasons. Directed by Mark Harris, Nothing like Thanksgiving, chronicles the story of fictional character Clay-ton Rockwell, a successful and controlling business man, with six months to live, who finds the perfect replacement to take over his business and family before he dies which leads to an unforeseen revelation.
Since 1992, PAFF has premiered a host of top black films including Think Like a Man (US), Vaya (South Africa/Nigeria), Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (US), Love & Basketball (US), 93 Days (Nigeria), Chasing Trane: The John Col-trane Documentary (US), Blackbird (US), Burning Sands (US) and many more.
Tickets and passes for the 2018 Pan African Film Festival will be available at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw 15 box office beginning in February as well as online at PAFF.org.