The Pan African Film & Arts Festival ENCORE program opens with award-winning documentary “41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers” to an eager audience at the Culver Plaza Theatres in Los Angeles. (Photo by: Hiltron Bailey)

*Los Angeles, CA — On Saturday, Mar. 28, the Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) hosted a special screening of the award-winning documentary “41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers” at the Culver Plaza Theatres in Culver City, CA.  

The screening was in celebration of the film’s limited engagement at the Culver Plaza Theatres Mar. 26 through Apr. 1 as part of the PAFF’s ENCORE program.  

“41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers,” winner of the 2010 PAFF Audience Favorite Documentary, features new and exclusive interviews from Black Panther party leaders Geronimo Ji Jagga, Elaine Brown, and Kathleen Cleaver, Los Angeles City Councilmember and former L.A.P.D. Police Chief Bernard Parks.  

The film is the first part in a documentary series from filmmaker Gregory Everett that follows the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense from its glorious Black Power beginnings through to its tragic demise and explores the Black Panther ethos, its conflict with the L.A.P.D. and the US Organization, as well as the events that shaped the complicated and often contradictory legacy of the L.A. chapter.  

Using exclusive interviews with former Black Panther Party members along with archival footage detailing the history of racism in Los Angeles, including the Watt’s Uprising.  “41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers”  has been called the most in-depth study ever of the murders of L.A. Chapter founder Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter and John Huggins at U.C.L.A. with first hand accounts of the Party’s formation as told by the original surviving members and eyewitness accounts of the murders at U.C.L.A.

9th District LA Councilwoman Jan Perry presents filmmaker Gregory Everett and wife Lorean with special recognition for film. Also pictured are the couples' children Gregory and Jeffrey Everett. (Photo by: Hiltron Bailey)

'41st & Central' filmmaker Gregory Everett and actor Marcus Chong ('The Matrix,' 'Panther' on the red carpet. (Photo by: Hiltron Bailey)

Elma Prince, younger sister of slain Black Panther leader Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter, embraces filmmaker Gregory Everett after watching “41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers.” The films tells the story of her brother’s impact on South Los Angeles, the Black Panther Party, and unsolved murder at U.C.L.A. in 1969. (Photo by: Hiltron Bailey)

 

About the Pan African Film & Arts Festival

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) presents and showcases a broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes of Africans and African-Americans.  In addition, the PAFF presents a world renowned Art Show featuring over 100 fine artists and craftspeople from around the world showcasing the best in Black fine art, sculpture, photography, unique handmade crafts, home furnishings, designer jewelry, designer fashions and accessories that highlight the artistry and beauty of the African aesthetic. For more information, please visit www.paff.org or call (310) 337-4737.