*Los Angeles – It’s a wrap! for the 21st Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF).
This is America’s largest and most prestigious Black Film Festival. Each year of the festival,it screens more than 150 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country. The 21st edition of the Pan African Film and Arts Festival was held on February 7th-18th, 2013 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Rave Theaters.
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 Wilona 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 expressions.
The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, helps 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 people of diverse cultures,races and lifestyles,while at the same time serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our time.
Each year of the festival, there are films that stand apart from the rest. PAFF recognized these films and awards the filmmakers in various categories and also presented special Awards during the Filmmakers Awards Brunch held on Monday,February 18th,in the intimate settings of the Filmmakers Lounge. Allohn Agbenya did an excellent job of decorating the Lounge for the Brunch.
And the Winners Are:
Best Feature-Narrative- Stones in the Sun(Haiti/USA)
Special Jury Recognition- Things Never Said(USA)
Best Director-First Feature- David “Tosh” Gitonga,Nairobi Half Life
Special Jury Recognition- Ya’Ke,Wolf
Best Documentary-Feature- Free Angela ad Other Political Prisoners(USA)
Special Jury Recognition- Mugabe:Villain or Hero?(UK)
Best Short Documentary- Foot Soldiers(USA)
Best Short Narrative- Our Rhineland(USA)
Special Jury Recognition- The Collegians(USA)
Capri Capitals Partners Awards- Songs of Redemptions
BAFTA/PAFF Choice Prize- Home Again
Festival Founders Award- Iceberg Slim:Portrait of a Pimp
Festival Programmers Award- Babe & Ricky’s Inn
Feature Artist Special Award- Djibril Ndoye
Audience Favorite-Best Feature Narrative-Against the Grain
Audience Favorite-Best Documentary Feature-Charles Lloyd:Arrows into Infinity
Audience Favorite-Best Short Documentary-Foot Soldiers
Audience Favorite-Best Short Narrative- Island Song
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