This is the beginning of the second and final weekend of this year’s Pan African Film Festival and since it’s a holiday weekend we get an extra day, which is a really good thing. Here are our picks for each remaining day of the festival and don’t forget the panels and of course the ArtFest. You’re likely to find some good bargains on Monday especially.
Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in It
(Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai)
Dir: Christopher Kirkley
Punctuated with stunning musical performances, this African hommage to Prince’s “Purple Rain” beautifully unfolds the story of a musician trying to make it “against all odds.” With the backdrop of the raucous subculture of Tuareg guitar, the protagonist, real-life musician Mdou Moctar, must overcome jealous musicians, family conflicts, the trials of love, and his biggest rival – himself.
AfroLatinos: An Untaught History
(2015/Latin America/US/Doc/96m) LA Premiere
Dir: Renzo Devia
Giving voice to communities throughout the
Caribbean, Central and South America that have been excluded from history for centuries, this provocative documentary delves into the Afro-Latino experience, covering topics such as history, identity, language, religion, traditions, art and social issues.
Sat, Feb18@5:10p; Mon, Feb20@3:00p
Tell Them We Are Rising:
The Story of Black Colleges and University
(2017/US/Doc/95m) West Coast Premiere
Dir: Stanley Nelson
A vibrant mosaic of events, stories and characters traces the essential role the historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) played in shaping Black life, creating a Black middle class and dismantling segregation during most dire eras of racial intolerance in the U.S.
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary
Dir: John Scheinfeld
An exploration of the life and music of legendary jazz saxaphonist, composer and tireless
innovator John Coltrane
Mon, Feb 20@7:40p & 8:00p
PAFF Screenings, Conversations and Panels
Cinemark’s BHC 15 (on the grounds of the BHCP)
ArtFest and Fashion Show
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90008
(At the corner of Crenshaw and King)
Parking: Ample free parking; Valet Parking Available.