Blackness on the Screen

Pan African Film Festival, February 9 - 20, 2006

By jimmy Centeno
Published on LatinoLA: February 9, 2006

Blackness on the Screen

Starting this Thursday, February the 9th to the 20th the PanAfrican Film And Arts Festival will host its 14th annual film and arts event at the Magic Johnson Theatre @ Balwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Over a 100 films from Africa, South America and U.S will showcase at the festival. Films such as The Origins Of Aids, The Cuban Hip Hop Factory are just a few films recommended by Mr. Ayuko Babu director of the film festival.

The PanAfrican film festival becomes a window of oportunity to see upclose a countries people, its diversity, it cultura, and its political struggles. The Festival brings to us independent films that would otherwise not be available to our community. Mr. Babu hopes to bridge closer our understanding of people's struggles going on today around the world locally and internationally.

Upon an interview With Mr. Babu, I asked him how did the idea of the festival come about.
"As Africa's liberation movements started to win their independence in the 60s and 70s, there was a need to start a program that would raise conscience in the United States towards U.S foreign policy and its impact on third world countries. Thats how the Idea came about. The idea was to bring constructive critical films that would raise questions that no doubt needed to be exsposed. At the film festival not only will you view films but you will have an oportunity to interact with filmmakers and writers with questions or comments".

The Festival will be hosted by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, South African Consul General Los Angeles Jeanette Ndhlovu and actor Forrest Whitaker.

For Further information you can log on to www.paff.org or call (323)634-2171

About jimmy Centeno:
Jimmy Centeno
CSLA student
and founder of soon to come Fusion Review Magazine.

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