*As the confluence of unique perspectives of filmmakers from around the world continues at the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), this year audiences will find the perfect setting to gaze upon The Education of Auma Obama. The film is a documentary about President Obama’s sister, and shows young Barack and Michelle visiting Kenya in previous years. The seventy nine minute motion picture explores Obama’s African roots and captures the spirit of his family’s political activism and social engagement up to the time of the 2008 U. S. Presidential election. The Education of Auma Obama is classified as a German Documentary and is directed by Branwen Okpako.
Remaining screenings of The Education of Auma Obama will be held on Monday, February 13th at 4:10 pm and Sunday, February 19th at 11:30 am. Other films screened at the Pan African Film Festival in the Best Documentary category include: All Me: The Life & Times of Winfred, Rembert, An African Election, Brooklyn Boheme, Funk Jazz Kaffe: Diary of a Decade, Mama Africa, My Heart of Darkness, Sobukwe: A Great Soul, and The Story of Lover’s Rock. Some films may have screened already. Go to PAFF.org for a schedule.
This year also marks the Pan African Film Festival’s return to the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw district in Los Angeles, former home of The Magic Johnson Theaters and the current home of The Rave Cinema 15 (3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90008). The PAFF was firmly established in the cultural oasis of Los Angeles, but was redirected to nearby Culver City in 2011. EURweb.com asked festival director Ayuko Babu if a certain cohesiveness has been regained by returning to, let’s just say… the neighborhood? Babu gives insight into the Obama film as well as PAFF’s re-location in this EURweb exclusive audio.
The Pan African Film Festival is the largest Black History Month event in the country. Along with a host of corporate sponsors, the PAFF is grateful for the support of the City of Los Angeles County Arts Commission , Council members Bernard C. Parks (District 8), Jan Perry (District 9), Herb J. Wesson (District 10), The Water Replenishment District of Southern California, The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Africa Channel and South African Airways. It is an official event of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa’s Celebration of African American Heritage Month. The PAFF is also a great resource for authentic African art and afro-centric couture.
For ticket information and a list of other films, exhibits, events and workshops go to www.paff.org or call 310-337-4737.