Collectivus Blog Coverage at The Pan African Film Festival

Every February the Pan African Film Festival hosts films and artists from around the world to come together and share their African culture through the arts. This year we will have the honor of viewing some of the 100 films, shorts, and documentaries that will be shown and also take part of the opening night, tribute night, and many other screenings and panels taking place. We want to cover and ask around about main issues effecting communities and society today, such as Racism, stereotyping, and the main question of how we can make African and Black history something that is celebrated all the time. How can we bring unity to all of America and empower women, and children and underdogs of any race.  

Here is more on the history of the Pan African Film Festival:

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The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), America’s largest and most prestigious Black film and arts festival, is gearing up for its 21st anniversary of screening more than 100 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, 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  the busybody neighbor 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.

Every year, the festival kicks off with a star-studded red carpet on opening night, featuring the Who’s Who of Black Hollywood. The festival also hosts a Night of Tribute, honoring world-renowned actors, filmmakers, community leaders and fine artists for their contributions on stage, television, film, the arts and the community. In the past, PAFF has awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards to Oscar-winners Sidney Poitier and Louis Gossett Jr, Tony- and Emmy-winning actress Phylicia Rashad, Emmy-winning actress Loretta Devine, Emmy-winning actor Glynn Turman, the honorable Ambassador Andrew Young as well as award-winning actresses Marla Gibbs and Dr. Della Reese — just to name a few.

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. 

This year it will begin on Feb 7th-18th 2013 At The Baldwin Hills Plaza Mall

More here: http: http://www.paff.org/

 

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